Jones, Shelby on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to Supreme Court

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Sen. Doug Jones, left (Cullman Tribune file photo); Sen. Richard Shelby, right (Office of Sen. Richard Shelby)

CULLMAN, Ala.Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court Monday night, filling the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The United States Senate confirmed Barrett by a vote of 52-48.

Here’s what Alabama’s two senators, Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Richard Shelby, had to say.

Jones

“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.”

Shelby

“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.”

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Wendy Sack

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