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Laurie Kinney 

PFAW: Barrett Cloture Vote Reflects Wrong Priorities


Following today's Senate cloture vote to move ahead with the process of confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:

"In voting to move forward with the next steps to confirm Barrett, Senate Republicans are making a dramatic statement about party over people that will likely cause a severe backlash for many of them at the ballot box if Barrett is confirmed. This nomination is all about trying to cement an ultra-conservative majority on the Court as a last chance to destroy the Affordable Care Act and rip health care away from millions of people. It's another rear-guard action the right is fighting against a growing movement for social, economic and political justice, and an election in a few days that they fear they will lose. The people get this. And this confirmation process will only galvanize voters who are sick and tired of Donald Trump and his Senate enablers, and are ready to vote for candidates who will put the health and well-being of people first."

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