For immediate release: September 26, 2020
More than 200,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19. Millions more are sick. Still more are suffering from the economic harm the pandemic is causing. The Senate has failed to pass legislation to help.
And now, in the middle of a global pandemic, Mitch McConnell is rushing to confirm a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court. They are denying American voters — who have already begun voting — any say in this process.
It’s clear that they’re up to no good. A case to overturn the Affordable Care Act is on the Court’s schedule for a week after Election Day. Donald Trump has said that his nominee will be committed to overturning this law — in the middle of a pandemic. Think about that: He and his administration want to ensure that people lose their health coverage; that protection for people with pre-existing conditions is stripped away while COVID is creating a host of future pre-existing conditions.
The Senate needs to focus on controlling this virus. Yet, before a nominee was even announced, Senate Republicans made it clear that they would work at full speed to confirm someone to the Supreme Court who would rob health care from millions of people during a pandemic, quash reproductive rights, curb voting rights, and roll back civil rights and protections. They have made their priorities clear — and they are not in the best interest of the American people.
The American people need to decide the next Supreme Court justice. The Senate must refuse to consider or confirm a nominee until after the inauguration of the next president.
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