WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after President Trump announced his nominee to the Supreme Court. 

“With voting already underway in half the states in our presidential election and in the midst of a global pandemic that has infected 7 million Americans, we should not be proceeding with a nomination to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. I’m deeply concerned that my Republican colleagues’ decision to move forward, against the precedent that they set in 2016, will do lasting damage to the Supreme Court, the Senate, and our country as a whole.

“We need to be clear-eyed about what’s at stake. President Trump pledged that his nominee will strike down the Affordable Care Act, and just one week after the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that seeks to do just that. This means that more than 20 million Americans could lose their health care and more than 100 million Americans could lose their pre-existing condition protections in the middle of a pandemic that has already taken the lives of more than 200,000 Americans. The ACA also protects against gender discrimination – against women being charged more for insurance just because they’re women.  Justice Ginsburg fought for these protections and so many more. Her legacy of fighting for stronger labor rights, LGBTQ and gender rights, and critical environmental protections all hang in the balance.

“The confirmation process that is starting soon in the Senate may be the most divisive and damaging we’ve been through. As senators, we were elected by our constituents to serve them and our nation, not to engage in partisan battles that distract us from addressing the many urgent challenges before us. Instead of throwing the country into another bitter fight, I call on my Republican colleagues to defer consideration of Judge Barrett’s nomination and focus on the critical work of providing another round of pandemic relief to the millions of Americans in need.”