Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett introduced herself to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday afternoon, vowing to apply the law “as written” and telling lawmakers she believed courts were not “designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life.”
Earlier in the day, senators clashed over the nominee. Democrats stuck to a tight script, telling personal stories about constituents who benefited from the Affordable Care Act and warning that Barrett’s ascendance to the high court could spell the end for the landmark health-care law. Republicans called on Democrats to focus on what they said were Barrett’s exceptional qualifications for the job, not how she might rule on key cases.
The hearings come 22 days before the election, with Senate Republicans intent on installing the conservative judge on the court.
If confirmed, Barrett would replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18.