Alabama politicians react to confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 9:11 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by the Senate in a 52-48 virtual party line vote.

She is expected to begin work as a justice on Tuesday after taking the second of two oaths required of judges by federal law.

At 48, she’s the youngest justice since Clarence Thomas joined the court in 1991 at age 43.

Alabama politicians reacted to Barrett’s confirmation.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Governor Kay Ivey on Monday, following the Senate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, issued the following statement:

"I applaud the swift Senate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

"Amy Coney Barrett’s willingness to serve, despite a hostile political environment, is proof of her strong character and a testament to her commitment to upholding the laws of our country for future generations.

"Previous suggestions from progressives that we need to fundamentally change the court system is a clear attempt at a political power grab to load the bench with judicial activists, not arbiters of the law. In the words of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘Nine seems to be a good number…it would be that – one side saying – when we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who would vote the way we want them to.’

"I thank the president for this extraordinary selection. It is evident that President Trump has put forward a woman who is arguably one of the most qualified picks during the past century. Alabama looks forward to Justice Barrett serving our country with honor and integrity for decades to come. It is my hope and prayer that despite political differences, we can celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our newest Supreme Court Justice, come together as a nation and continue achieving great success.

“Today is a great day for our country and a signal to every little girl – and boy – that the most qualified individual will get the job.”

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today voted in support of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to serve as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Senate confirmed Judge Barrett by a vote of 52-48.

“I am proud to have voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Throughout my career in the Senate, I have never seen a more eminently qualified judicial nominee.  Not only has she demonstrated a deep commitment to the Constitution and its protections established by our Founding Fathers, but she has also displayed incredible integrity, humility, and impartiality.  I am confident she will serve our country with honor on our nation’s highest court.”

Earlier in the day, Senator Shelby delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding his backing of Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.

In September, the Senator met with Judge Barrett following her nomination by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Judge Barrett currently serves as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and formerly clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Prior to serving on the federal bench, she began teaching as a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where she was awarded the “Distinguished Professor of the Year” award on three separate occasions.

U.S. Senator Doug Jones

U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama released the following statement after voting against the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court:

"This process has been perhaps one of the most blatantly hypocritical in the history of the Senate and has further eroded trust in the independence of the Supreme Court in the eyes of the American people. By forcing this vote only eight days before an election, Mitch McConnell has prioritized temporary political gain over the long term integrity of both institutions. I also believe his decision to force through this confirmation instead of negotiating a bipartisan COVID relief package is an insult to the millions of Americans who are suffering as a result of this pandemic.

"I voted no today because I refuse to be a party to Mitch McConnell’s power grab, to the hyper-politicization of the Senate and the courts, and to denying the American people a voice in this process while voting for the next President is already underway.

“Now that Justice Barrett has been confirmed, it is my sincere hope that she will rule in a way that protects our institutions, our democracy, and the rule of law.”

District 2 U.S. Congressional Candidate Barry Moore

Barry Moore expressed his satisfaction at the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, citing her conservative view of the role of judges as interpreters of the law. Moore also said he was glad that the Court would be restored to its full nine members in time to rule on any cases pertaining to the upcoming election.

Barrett was confirmed Monday by the Senate by a 52-48 vote and will reportedly be sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Moore said in a statement:

"I expect great things from Justice Barrett. She is an incredibly qualified jurist, and her position on the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court as the final interpreters of the law, not makers of new laws, will be welcome on the Court.

"She will be a strong voice for common-sense, Constitutional interpretation of laws for years to come. I’m happy that President Trump did his duty to fill vacancies on the Court as they occur by appointing her rapidly. I’m also happy that the Senate moved forward in a timely manner to confirm her.

“Now Judge Barrett can take her place as the ninth Justice, and spare us the problems of an evenly-split Court. Given all that’s happened recently, I’d be very surprised if one of Judge Barrett’s first cases didn’t involve issues with the general election on November 3rd. I trust her to rule fairly, and I’m hoping that any issues about the election can be settled quickly by the Court.”

Moore is the Republican nominee for the AL-2 congressional seat in the November 3rd election. He is a former member of the Alabama House, a small businessman, a Veteran, a husband, and a father of four from Enterprise.

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