“We all know that she and her husband have chosen to raise their family according to their Catholic beliefs and faithful fellowship with other Catholics,” he said. “We all know that 65 million Americans are Catholics, and many many millions more are Christians of other persuasions. Are they to be told that they cannot serve in public office, that they are not welcome in the public sphere unless the members of this committee sign off on their religious beliefs? I, for one. do not want to live in such an America, and the Constitution of the United States flatly prohibits it.”
Democrats on the panel have not raised Barrett’s faith as an issue, focusing largely on their concerns she might vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Joe Biden was asked on Monday if Democrats should consider Amy Coney Barrett’s faith during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week.
Klobuchar points to family Covid-19 infections in arguing against a vote on Barrett
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., expressed outrage that the Senate was considering a nominee critical of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic and ahead of an election, calling it a “sham.”
“It’s personal to me because my husband got Covid early on. He ended up in the hospital for a week on oxygen, with severe pneumonia, and months after he got it, I find out the president knew it was airborne, but he didn’t tell us,” she said.
“We were cleaning on every surface in our house and my husband got it anyway,” said Klobuchar, who added that her 92-year-old father contracted the disease at his assisted living facility. “I stood outside his window and a mask. And he looked so small and confused. He knew who our family was, but he didn’t know what was going on. I thought it was going to be the last time that I saw him. He miraculously survived.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said in his opening statement that he hopes Republicans consider that health care coverage is at stake in this confirmation process, as millions of people are relying on the Affordable Care Act during the coronavirus pandemic.
“My constituents want you, my colleagues, members of the Republican Party, to stand up for once to Mitch McConnell and to the big donors who are driving this process, and for the sake of regular people, say ‘stop,'” he said.
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