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Supreme Court vacancy divides Washington

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Mia Tavares
Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court has led to division in the Senate. Art by Mia Tavares.

On Sept. 26, President Donald Trump nominated judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18 from complications due to pancreatic cancer. 

Professor Barrett is a woman of remarkable intellect and character. She is eminently qualified for the job,” Trump said, announcing Barrett’s nomination to a crowd of reporters at the White House. Barrett then took to the podium herself and accepted the nomination.

 “A judge must apply the law as written,” Barrett said. “Judges are not policy makers…If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake; I would assume this role to serve you.”

Barrett currently serves as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which controls several districts in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. She now faces an intense Supreme Court confirmation process in the U.S. Senate, which Republicans currently vow to hold before the November election.

“Since the 1880’s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. “By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we worked with President Trump and supported his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.” 

McConnell has previously stated that there should be no Supreme Court confirmation process in the final year prior to an election. McConnell made such a statement in 2016, when then President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia. After Republicans refused to hold hearings for Garland, Scalia’s seat went to Neil Gorsuch, under much controversy. 

Barrett’s appointment is also controversial.  She has been criticized by Democrats due to her pro-life stance on abortion,and Democrats are worried that she might try to overturn Roe v. Wade. Barrett has also been criticized for her fierce opposition to the Affordable Care Act, which helps protect people who have pre-existing conditions.

But Barrett’s confirmation process has been upended by the number of recent positive COVID-19 tests by U.S. Senators. Currently three Republican U.S. Senators have tested positive for COVID-19, yet there is still high confidence by Republican senators for Barrett’s confirmation process to go on as scheduled.

“We’re going to move forward on her nomination,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said. “We’ll have a hearing safely. And I think she’ll be confirmed before the election.”

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Miles Gelatt
Miles Gelatt, News Editor
Senior Miles Gelatt is the News Editor of Nordic News for the 2020-2021 school year. His goal is to make sure that people are getting relevant and trustworthy news, even in uncertain times. He also aims to inspire younger Nords to work hard and write great articles. Outside of Nordic, Miles works tirelessly on his AP Statistics and Environmental Science classes, watches NFL highlights, looks up random sports stats, and prepares for college.
Mia Tavares
Mia Tavares, Design Editor
Senior Mia Tavares is the Design Editor for Nordic News for the 2020-2021 school year. Her goals for Nordic are to finetune her writing skills and help create interesting graphics. She wants to help Nordic become a bigger part of the daily lives of students and get them more involved with Nordic’s website and social media. Outside of school, she enjoys playing guitar, reading, and hanging out with her two dogs, Koda and Pixel.

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