Opposition from Murray, Cantwell, to Senate’s affirmation course of

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Jim Brunner

Washington state’s U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray joined fellow Democrats in opposing Amy Coney Barrett’s affirmation to the Supreme Court docket, ripping Republicans for holding the vote simply days forward of the 2020 election.

Talking on the Senate flooring Monday morning, Murray slammed the Senate GOP majority for pushing the Barrett vote after blockading President Obama’s 2016 nominee, Merrick Garland, for eight months.

Murray warned a brand new conservative court docket majority will threaten the Reasonably priced Care Act, LGBTQ rights and authorized abortion, citing messages from fearful Washington constituents.

“For Republican senators to face right here and inform households to not fear is form of just like the captain of the Titanic passing out umbrellas, and telling passengers that’s all they want,” Murray mentioned. “With one key distinction: Republicans have been clear from the beginning that hitting the iceberg isn’t an accident, it’s the plan.”

Cantwell, in remarks Sunday, mentioned Barrett’s views on abortion are out of step with a majority of Individuals and criticized the Senate for “including insult to damage” by jamming by her nomination whereas failing to take up a brand new COVID-19 reduction package deal.

“We all know that one in 5 small companies could possibly be closed by 2021, a devastating affect to our economic system … And so we must always have sat down and glued this,” Cantwell mentioned. “However no, true to kind to the opposite facet of the aisle, it’s far more necessary to go after a lady’s proper to decide on.”

Each Murray and Cantwell beforehand opposed Barrett’s affirmation in 2017 to the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.