WASHINGTON – In a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan honored the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and denounced Senate Republicans for trying to ignore the precedent that they set and instead rush through a Supreme Court nominee instead of working with Democrats on a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill.
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“Justice Ginsburg was a brilliant jurist and a persistent patriot. Her belief in our country and her vision and imagination as a lawyer left our nation stronger and more just,” said Senator Hassan. “Justice Ginsburg’s vision of what it means to be an American – and what it means to be free – changed lives… Honoring the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg means continuing to fight for the more equal America that she fought for throughout her entire career.”
Senator Hassan spoke out against Senate Republicans’ inaction on COVID-19 relief and their decision to instead push a nomination process, defying the precedent that they set in 2016.
“Unfortunately though, in a week in which America has reached a terrible milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Republicans have made their priorities clear,” said Senator Hassan. “Instead of working with Democrats to pass the comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill that the American people so badly need, my colleagues across the aisle are focused on using all the Senate’s time before the election to rush through the President’s choice for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.”
Senator Hassan also addressed Republicans’ lawsuit that is before the Supreme Court right now to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its protections for pre-existing conditions. “Make no mistake, rushing through this nomination is a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act through the courts after failing to do so legislatively for years,” said Senator Hassan. “Even worse, the Republicans would undermine health care in the midst of a devastating pandemic – just when it is needed most.”