WASHINGTON – Elected Democrat officials who represent the Hudson Valley are critical of President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) said her “rushed nomination… to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat is a direct threat to millions of Americans who have benefited from the protections Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for as a lawyer and Supreme Court justice for over 60 years.”
Maloney said Trump is “hellbent on decimating the Affordable Care Act and the healthcare of millions hangs in the balance.”
He said the nation “must also safeguard Roe v. Wade’s promise that personal, medical decisions are left up to a woman and her doctor – not politicians.”
Maloney said all Democrat members of the Senate should oppose Barrett’s nomination “and this illegitimate process.”
Maloney’s opponent, Chele Farley (R-Tuxedo Park), said her “admiration of Judge Coney Barrett does not end with her impressive legal resume, but also extends to her incredible dedication as mother of her seven children.”
Farley said with the Barrett on the Supreme Court bench, “the country’s judicial system “will be in very capable hands.”
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY-17) said the nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court “are sacred duties that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are abusing for political opportunity.” She said with 38 days left before election day and early voting underway in many states, “McConnell and Trump are ignoring the voice of the people and speeding the process in hopes of political gain.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said the nomination of Barrett “represents the further degradation of our democracy and the continued politicization of our judiciary. Even if this process had been legitimate, Barrett’s anti-choice views, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and hostility to immigration rights and civil rights make her completely unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.”
Gillibrand pledged to vote against her nomination.