September 26, 2020

Senator Hirono Announces Opposition to the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement announcing her opposition to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the United States Supreme Court:

“I will not support the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the following reasons:

“She will vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act after being rushed on the Supreme Court in time to hear the case on November 10. Millions of Americans will lose their health care – catastrophic in the middle of a pandemic.

“She has a long history of being anti-choice and an explicit willingness to reverse Supreme Court precedent – endangering the protections of Roe v. Wade. A woman’s right to control her own body is at stake.

“The president expects her to support any challenge he mounts to the election results.

“Senate Republicans have gone back on their word about confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year and disrespected the final, fervent wish of Justice Ginsburg to not be replaced until a new president is installed.

“Judge Barrett has an ideological agenda she won’t acknowledge and an expressed willingness to overturn Supreme Court precedent. Her ideological agenda poses a direct threat to the health care of millions of Americans, a woman’s right to control her body, the rights of LGBTQ Americans, and other individual and civil rights. I oppose her nomination and will fight to deny her a lifetime position on the United States Supreme Court, and in doing so, will tell the American people the danger she poses to hard-won rights.”

In 2017, Senator Hirono opposed Judge Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.