Amy Coney Barrett will tell senators laws should be applied as written, not as judges would like

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Rachel Malehorn via Associated Press)
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, whose confirmatory hearing begins Monday, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that, according to her opening statement released on Sunday, "policy decisions and value judgments" should be made by elected officials, not the courts.
The 48-year-old federal appeals judge, whose rise to the Supreme Court would cement a Conservative majority, will also pay tribute to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a right-wing icon whose death last month created the job she was nominated for and at Barrett's Mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, according to the prepared comments.
The confirmation hearings come against a tumultuous backdrop: the final weeks of a highly competitive presidential campaign that disrupted President Trump's battle with the coronavirus and his claims that a COVID-19 outbreak that killed more than 214,000 Americans was going to disappear soon.
Barrett's nomination has become a controversial campaign issue, both because Democrats are outraged by Republican urges to uphold it, even after voting in many states' presidential elections has begun, and because Trump's rival Joe Biden warns that Barrett is becoming conservative Joining efforts will core the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
And Trump has repeatedly made it clear in public statements that he is aware of the fact that the court could be asked to play a role in a chaotic, controversial election result.
Barrett's opening speech seemed carefully crafted to emphasize her respect for precedents and established laws while avoiding direct comments on general social issues. The courts are "not designed to solve every problem or correct every injustice in our public life," the judge said.
"Government policy decisions and value judgments must be made by the political branches that are elected by the people and accountable to the people," Barrett said in the statement. "The public shouldn't expect courts to do this, and courts shouldn't try."
In her opening speech, Barrett, a mother of seven, will speak at length about her husband and children. Trump has often expressed his joy that his candidate has young children.
"I'm used to being in a group of nine people - my family," Barrett said in the statement. "Nothing is more important to me and I'm so proud to have them behind me."
The four days of the hearings begin with her opening speech. On Tuesday and Wednesday, questions will be asked for hours by interlocutors on the judiciary committee, including Biden's deputy, California Senator Kamala Harris.
Jennifer Haberkorn from Washington contributed to this report.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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