Harris: Republicans ‘Defying Will Of The People’ By Pushing Barrett Nomination

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., gives her opening remarks virtually during Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Monday.

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Harris attended the hearing virtually from her Senate office. She said the hearing brought more than 50 people together «inside of a closed-door room for hours.»

«The decision to hold this hearing now is reckless, and places facilities, workers, janitorial staff and congressional aides and Capitol police at risk,» she said.

Capitol officials said ahead of the hearing that the room was set up to comply with coronavirus protocols.

Like her Democratic colleagues on the panel, Harris focused most of her remarks on GOP attempts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, and said Republicans «are trying to bypass the will of the voters and have the Supreme Court do their dirty work.»

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A case related to the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to go before the high court on Nov. 10.

Harris said the Supreme Court «is often the last refuge for equal justice when our constitutional rights are being violated.»

«Every American must understand that with this nomination, equal justice under law is at stake, our voting rights are at stake, workers rights are at stake, consumer rights are at stake,» she said. «The right to a safe and legal abortion is at stake. And holding corporations accountable is at stake.»

Harris added, «We must listen to our constituents and protect their access to health care and wait to confirm a new Supreme Court justice» until after the election.

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