Washington Senator Maria Cantwell spoke on the Senate Floor Sunday, about what she says is at stake in the wake of a speedy process to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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“I am beyond frustrated that this debate is even happening,” Cantwell said. “The other side of the aisle wants to nominate people who are out of the mainstream view of America.”
Republicans are set to confirm Barrett after a Monday vote, effectively cementing a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future. With that, there are concerns among Democrats that she could be the deciding vote on a number of major issues, including the Affordable Care Act, gay marriage, and abortion.
Cantwell echoed that Sunday, specifically citing health care and abortion as her primary worries.
“Someone wants to chip away at the rights of American women to have access to health care — my state is going to take it personally,” she said, pointing out that “a majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose.”
Today I spoke on the Senate Floor about #WhatsAtStake with this #SCOTUS nominee, from the #ACA to a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.
When people want to roll back the rights of American women, we are going to fight back. https://t.co/05bYCfZp1T
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) October 26, 2020
According to regular polling from Gallup, 79% of Americans think abortion should either be legal in all circumstances or at least in certain