Ohio politicians react to Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to SCOTUS

Ohio politicians react to Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to SCOTUS
President Trump announces Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court.

OHIO (WOIO) - President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court in a Saturday afternoon press conference.

Barrett is a Court of Appeals Judge, a former Notre Dame professor and a mother to seven children.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released this statement following the nomination:

As President of the United States, President Trump has the constitutional obligation to put forward a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, and I applaud his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is both highly qualified and highly respected. In addition to her distinguished judicial career, Judge Coney Barrett is a mother of seven, a constitutional scholar, and an esteemed law professor. Her prior writings and judicial opinions show she’ll interpret the law fairly and impartially. I urge the U.S. Senate to act quickly to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.
Gov. Mike DeWine via Twitter

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said this:

“I look forward to considering the nomination of Judge Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Barrett was confirmed by the Senate on October 31, 2017 for her current role as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law and to protect our rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to advance public policy goals by legislating from the bench. Judge Barrett has an impressive background and is highly regarded for her work as a judge and as a constitutional law professor at Notre Dame. I look forward to meeting with her in the coming weeks as she goes through a fair and thorough evaluation process.”
Sen. Rob Portman

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) gave this comment:

“Amy Coney Barrett has a history of legal opinions that are inconsistent with the progress working people have fought so hard to achieve in this nation. The Declaration of Independence reads that Governments are instituted among the people, ‘deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’ By large margins, Americans want Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s replacement for the Supreme Court to be selected by the winner of November’s presidential election, consistent with Ginsberg’s final wish. After blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia for over a year, Mitch McConnell will now rush to fill the Ginsburg vacancy with Coney Barrett in less than 40 days. Our Supreme Court was designed by the Founders to be a neutral interpreter of the law, holding the Executive Branch and Congress accountable to the Constitution and the law. That all falls apart when one party stacks the court in their favor for a generation. There should be no confirmation until inauguration."
Rep. Marcy Kaptur

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) shared this statement:

“The Supreme Court has enormous influence over the lives of Ohioans, and any nominee must be willing to defend their rights to make their own health care decisions, collectively bargain for safe workplaces and fair pay, and to be protected from discrimination and Wall Street greed. Americans are already voting, and deserve to have a say on the court that will decide the fate of their health care, workplace safety, criminal justice reform, and civil rights. The Senate should not be voting on a nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat on the Court until after inauguration. This is a power grab by President Trump and Mitch McConnell when they should be focused on COVID relief for the millions struggling amid this public health and economic crisis. I have serious concerns about Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s rulings against women’s rights and civil rights and her record of siding with corporations over workers, and the American people deserve to have a say in whether or not she is their nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said this:

“More than 13 million Americans are unemployed and more than 200,000 have died; working-class people spent months begging for help from Congress. But instead of President Trump and Senate Republicans working with us to get help out to those who need it, they have spent the past four months sitting on their hands. Now their political game continues: while the American people are still desperate for help, President Trump and Senate Republicans are instead dropping everything to confirm an extremist justice to the court before the November 3rd election. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime helping our country live up to its founding ideals. Her dying wish was that Senator McConnell follow the rule he himself made, and a nominee not be confirmed until the next presidential term. I hope my Republican colleagues will heed her wish and focus on the critical issue of getting the American people the relief they need.”
Rep. Tim Ryan

19 News will continue updating this list of reactions from Northeast Ohio politicians.

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