Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday, the second day of her nomination hearing, began answering questions from senators. Democratic lawmakers are trying to prove that her candidacy would jeopardize, among other things, health insurance for millions of Americans.
Hearings on the Senate Legal Affairs Committee give Barrett an opportunity to respond to Democrats, who are primarily concerned about her stance on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacher.
In accordance with the schedule of hearings, the head of the committee, Republican Lindsay Graham, should be the first to ask questions, and then the leading Democrat on the committee, Diane Feinstein.
President Donald Trump nominated Barrett for life on the Supreme Court on September 26, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
If Trump’s nominee manages to be approved, Barrett will begin sitting in the Supreme Court by November 10, when hearings will be held on the cancellation of Obamacher, which is being sought by the Trump administration and several Republican states.
The judge criticized a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law.
Republicans hold 53 out of 100 Senate seats, giving Democrats little chance of blocking Barrett’s candidacy.
If she gains the post, the conservative majority in the court will consolidate to 6 out of 9. Trump has had the third opportunity to run for the Supreme Court.
The format of the hearings has been adjusted in connection with the pandemic: they are held without an audience, and some senators participate in virtual mode.
Democrats, including vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, focused on the fate of Obamaker on the very first day of the hearing.
The hearings are a key step towards full Senate consideration of Barrett’s candidacy, which Republicans expect to hold in late October in order to have time to approve a new chief justice before the presidential election.