Government Watchdog Continues Its Call To Stop Amy Coney Barrett’s Sham Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While small businesses struggle to keep doors open and workers to keep food on the table for their families, Republicans in the United States Senate are continuing to push through President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. This rushed process is showcasing those senators who are putting politics before actual relief for families who badly need it.
Amy Coney Barrett has failed to address the pandemic circling her nomination and that felled dozens of attendees at her super-spreader nomination announcement, the millions of unemployed Americans who are seeking and in desperate need of aid, and the implications of her arrival to the court as whispers of a potential constitutional crisis surround the upcoming election.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee is determined to ram through a lifetime Supreme Court nominee even though the American people haven’t had a chance to review her full record. For this reason, this sham hearing must be put on hold,” said Kyle Herrig, president of government watchdog Accountable.US. “From her exclusion of materials relevant to her stance on women’s reproductive health care to her record siding with corporations over workers, there is too much unknown of Amy Coney Barrett’s professional and judicial background in this rushed, haphazard process to allow it to proceed.”

Earlier today, Accountable.US sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members providing a detailed analysis of Barrett’s record of consistently siding with corporations over consumers, workers, and immigrants and further urging the delay of the confirmation hearing.

Here is what we know and what we don’t know about Judge Barrett’s record:

Barrett Did Not Initially Disclose All Relevant Materials To The Senate Judiciary Committee. What Else Is She Hiding? With recent revelations of missing appearances, advertisements, and recordings in materials Barrett submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, major doubts remain as to the thoroughness of Barrett’s responses to the Senate’s questionnaire.
Barrett Should Release Her Records From Notre Dame. Barrett’s nearly twenty years in private higher education – the vast majority of her career – leave an enormous gap in valuable understanding of Barrett’s record and potentially how she would decide in what would now be a strongly conservative-tilted Supreme Court. Accountable.US and American Oversight over the weekend called for Barrett’s nomination to be put on pause until the past two decades of records from her career at Notre Dame are released. Accountable.US sent a yet unanswered letter to Judge Barrett requesting she release these records pertaining to her teaching tenure.
Barrett Pointed To Her Record On The Seventh Circuit, A Record Of Serving Corporations at The Expense Of Consumers, Workers, And Immigrants. In line with previously released findings showing her siding with corporations 76% of the time in precedent-setting appellate cases, Accountable.US’s analysis’s expanded findings show Barrett’s proclivity for siding against consumers, workers, and immigrants while siding with law enforcement and defendants in discrimination cases. While serving on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett sided against consumers in 78% of cases, against immigrants 88% of the time, with law enforcement 86% of the time, with entities accused of discrimination 85% of the time, and yet siding with workers in just 8% of relevant cases.
Barrett Accepted The Nomination In A Process She Herself Has Derided. In a 2016 interview following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and before the nomination of Merrick Garland that Republicans refused to move forward in an election year, Barrett called the move one that “could dramatically flip the balance of power on the court. It’s not a lateral move.”
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