Amy Coney Barrett will tell the Senate that courts 'should not try' to make policy decisions
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks as President Trump announces her appointment as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings begin Monday.
Barrett will tell Senators in her opening speech that courts should "not try" to make political decisions.
"Government policy decisions and value judgments must be made by the political branches that are popularly elected and accountable to the people," Barrett said in her opening address.
Republicans are pushing for Barrett to be re-elected before election day.
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Amy Comey Barrett will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that, according to her opening statement, the courts should "not try" to make political decisions.
"Courts have an important responsibility for enforcing the rule of law, which is vital to a free society. However, courts are not designed to solve every problem or correct every injustice in our public lives," Barrett said in her statement. "Government policy decisions and value judgments must be made by the branches of politics, which are popularly elected and accountable to the people. The public should not expect courts to do this, and courts should not try."
"I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court to interpret our constitution and laws as they are written. And I believe I can serve my country by playing that role," added Barrett.
Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin Monday. Republicans are controversially pushing for them to be confirmed before election day, despite polls showing a majority of Americans believe that the seat Barrett plans to occupy should remain empty until after the election. If so confirmed, Barrett would give the Conservatives a 6-3 majority in the country's Supreme Court, and she could potentially play a role in a case that questions election results when it comes to it.
Democrats stand ready to push Barrett in their confirmation hearings on issues like health care and abortion.
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, spoke to Politico about the upcoming confirmation hearings and said health care was the main concern for Americans.
"This is the main issue of concern to the American people. And it is at stake with this Supreme Court candidate given her previous testimony and the balance in the courtroom," Schumer said. "I met Pelosi and Biden at an early age and that's what we said: 'We'll focus on that above all else.'"
The Supreme Court will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) after the election if it hears another challenge to the Obama administration's landmark legislative achievement.
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