Following President Trump’s formal nomination of Choose Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court docket, extra Senate Democrats weighed in on whether or not they could be keen to fulfill with the nominee, regardless of widespread disapproval inside their celebration of the expedited affirmation course of.
Some Democratic senators, together with Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Mazie Hirono, have mentioned they will not meet with Barrett.
Though he has mentioned he wouldn’t vote to substantiate a Supreme Court docket justice earlier than Election Day, Sen. Joe Manchin, the one Democrat who voted to substantiate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, informed CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday he would meet with the choose, saying he thinks the “biggest accountability” of a US senator is to “hear all sides of regardless of the debate may be” and noting it’s the responsibility of the Senate to “meet and ensure” with presidential nominees.
Manchin particularly talked about that he want to talk about the Inexpensive Care Act with Barrett.
“How do I clarify to 800,000 that their pre-existing situation shouldn’t be going to be coated, that they don’t seem to be going to have the power to even purchase insurance coverage?” the West Virginia Democrat requested.
Sens. Cory Booker and Chris Coons, each members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, additionally intend to fulfill with Barrett.
Booker mentioned on NBC’s “Meet the Press” it is his “spirit” to take a seat down and have conversations with folks. Coons informed CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he would meet with the nominee both in-person or by cellphone and that he would additionally press her on the ACA.
Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democratic Whip and likewise a Judiciary Committee member, reiterated on ABC’s “This Week” that he would meet with Barrett, as he informed CNN’s Michael Smerconish on Saturday.
“I’ve met with each Supreme Court docket nominee since I have been within the Senate, I’ll lengthen that courtesy, if she requests it, for at the very least a socially distanced protected assembly, maybe over the cellphone,” Durbin defined.