Senate Republicans Praise ‘Brilliant Scholar’ And ‘Model For Decency And Citizenship’ Judge Amy Coney Barrett

‘An Ally To The Rule Of Law,’ Judge Barrett Is ‘One Of The Finest Legal Minds Of Her Generation,’ ‘An Outstanding Judge And An Even Better Person’ Who ‘Has Demonstrated Exactly The Independence, Impartiality, And Fidelity To Our Laws And Constitution That Americans Need And Deserve On Their Highest Court’


Senate Republican Leaders: ‘Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is An Exceptionally Impressive Jurist And An Exceedingly Well-Qualified Nominee,’ ‘Judge Amy Coney Barrett Joins A Growing, But Still Far Too Small, Group Of Women Nominated To Serve On Our Nation’s Highest Court,’ ‘Judge Barrett Deeply Respects The Constitution, And She Is Committed To Interpreting The Law As Written And Applying It Faithfully And Impartially’

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “President Trump could not have made a better decision. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. First, Judge Barrett built a reputation as a brilliant scholar at the forefront of the legal academy. Then she answered the call to public service. For three years on the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, she has demonstrated exactly the independence, impartiality, and fidelity to our laws and Constitution that Americans need and deserve on their highest Court.” (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

  • LEADER McCONNELL: “The Senate will evaluate this nomination on the basis of Judge Barrett’s objective qualifications. But it cannot escape notice that this nominee has also already won national admiration for her shining example of strong female leadership at the very top of her field. As our nation continues to mourn Justice Ginsburg and honor her trail-blazing legacy, it does seem fitting that another brilliant and talented woman at the height of their shared profession would follow in her footsteps onto the Court.” (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SENATE MAJORITY WHIP JOHN THUNE (R-SD): “The president had a strong list of principled … jurists from which he could have chosen, and I applaud him for his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Barrett deeply respects the Constitution, and she is committed to interpreting the law as written and applying it faithfully and impartially. Simply put, she doesn’t legislate from the bench…. Unfortunately, Democrats have been opposed to Judge Barrett since before she was even nominated. I hope they abandon their partisan and undemocratic threats as the Senate turns its attention to fulfilling its constitutional duty of providing its advice and consent on the president’s nominee. One of the main reasons I ran for the Senate was for big moments like this one, and I plan on fulfilling my constitutional duty.” (Sen. Thune, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY), Senate Republican Conference Chairman: “My congratulations to Judge Barrett and her family. I look forward to reviewing her judicial record and other writings and following her confirmation hearings. This is a historic choice by the president. Judge Barrett is a highly qualified nominee. She will apply the law, not legislate from the bench. This Senate will give Judge Barrett full and fair consideration, and a timely vote on the Senate floor.” (Sen. Barrasso, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. ROY BLUNT (R-MO), Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in both her judicial record and philosophy, has made clear her commitment to interpreting and upholding the law and the Constitution as they are written. I was proud to support her confirmation to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and look forward to supporting her confirmation to the Supreme Court. I urge our colleagues across the aisle to give this nomination the fair, thoughtful consideration it deserves.” (Sen. Blunt, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JONI ERNST (R-IA), Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair: “Today, Judge Amy Coney Barrett joins a growing, but still far too small, group of women nominated to serve on our nation’s highest court. Judge Barrett is an experienced jurist, a working mom of seven, an accomplished legal scholar, and a fellow Midwesterner. I look forward to meeting with and vetting Judge Barrett for this nomination. She deserves a fair and honest confirmation process—and I hope my colleagues across the aisle will work with us to make that happen.” (Sen. Ernst, Press Release, 9/26/2020)


Indiana Senators: ‘Fellow Hoosier’ Judge Barrett Is ‘An Incredibly Sharp Legal Mind, A Woman Of Great Integrity, And A Dedicated Mother Of Seven,’ ‘A Consummately Qualified Jurist Who Has Proven On And Off The Bench That She Has The Decency, The Intellectual Rigor, And The Fundamental Respect For Our Country And Its Constitution To Serve Honorably’

SEN. TODD YOUNG (R-IN): “I am thrilled with President Trump’s nomination of fellow Hoosier, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to serve on the Supreme Court. I’ve come to know Amy as an incredibly sharp legal mind, a woman of great integrity, and a dedicated mother of seven. When Americans elected President Trump to office in 2016 and expanded the Republican Senate majority in 2018, she was exactly the type of jurist they had in mind. Judge Barrett’s previous confirmation to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals turned into a shameful attack on her faith, not an evaluation of her legal credentials. But anyone who fairly evaluates her superb qualifications and temperament will agree that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the right person for the job. I ardently support her nomination to the Supreme Court and, as the Senate follows historical precedent by initiating a confirmation hearing, I will work diligently with all of my Senate colleagues with an eye towards voting on her confirmation as the next Associate Justice without delay.” (Sen. Young, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MIKE BRAUN (R-IN): “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a consummately qualified jurist who has proven on and off the bench that she has the decency, the intellectual rigor, and the fundamental respect for our country and its Constitution to serve honorably on the Supreme Court. … Judge Barrett’s sterling record as a Constitutional originalist demonstrates that she will be a phenomenal Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and I believe her reputation as an educator and a model for decency and citizenship will make Americans proud to have her on the highest court for many years to come. I fully support Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination and will vote to confirm her without hesitation.” (Sen. Braun, Op-Ed, “Sen. Mike Braun: Confirm Amy Coney Barrett Without Delay,” Fox News, 9/26/2020)

Senate Judiciary Committee Members: Judge Barrett ‘Is Roundly Revered In Legal Circles For Her Well-Reasoned And Deliberate Decisions, As Well As For Her Commitment To Applying The Law As Written, Regardless Of Outcome,’ ‘Highly Qualified In All The Areas That Matter – Character, Integrity, Intellect, And Judicial Disposition,’ And ‘An Ally To The Rule Of Law’

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: “Judge Barrett is highly qualified in all the areas that matter – character, integrity, intellect, and judicial disposition. She is an outstanding Supreme Court nominee by President Trump. As the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’m very committed to ensuring that the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing. We move forward on this nomination knowing that the President has picked a highly qualified individual who will serve our nation well on the highest court in the land.” (Sen. Graham, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Judge Barrett demonstrated her brilliant legal mind before the Judiciary Committee in 2017 and in more than 100 opinions since joining the Seventh Circuit. She is roundly revered in legal circles for her well-reasoned and deliberate decisions, as well as for her commitment to applying the law as written, regardless of outcome. She is eminently qualified for the Supreme Court. In the coming weeks, we’ll take another close look at her legal career, writings and decisions, and I’ll evaluate her nomination on the merits, as I always have. I hope that the process going forward is one of respect and civility befitting the Senate and the Supreme Court. Americans, the nominee, and this committee do not deserve a repeat of the shenanigans on display from the left that we saw in 2018.” (Sen. Grassley, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Despite previous attacks based on Judge Barrett’s religious faith, I hope Democrats choose not to engage in another character assassination, as they did against Justice Kavanaugh. I look forward to meeting with Judge Barrett in the coming days as the Judiciary Committee prepares for her confirmation hearing.” (Sen. Cornyn, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MIKE LEE (R-UT), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Judge Barrett is going to be a fantastic Supreme Court justice. I think she’ll be a textualist and an originalist. She’ll be devoted to the principle of constitutionality limited government. That’s what President Trump promised his voters. It is what I promised my voters. And we are going to keep our promise to the voters who elected us.” (Sen. Lee, @SenMikeLee, Twitter, 9/26/2020)

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “I look forward to her confirmation hearing, where Judge Barrett will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the Judiciary Committee, the Senate, and the American people that she will uphold the rule of law and interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning without fear or favor. In 2016, President Trump promised to nominate judges in the mold of Justices Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The American people elected him president and expanded the Senate Republicans’ majority in 2018 because we’ve delivered on that promise.” (Sen. Cruz, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. BEN SASSE (R-NE), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Judge Barrett is a brilliant legal thinker and will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice. Despite her unsurpassed character, reputation, and intellect, this confirmation process will be nasty. Why? Because too many on the left (and sadly some on the right as well) want judges who will substitute their own will for the law. Judge Barrett is not that kind of judge. She believes her duty isn’t to arbitrarily slop applesauce on stone tablets and declare new laws — her duty is to cloak her personal views under a black robe and to faithfully uphold the Constitution. That makes her a problem to rabid partisans, and an ally to the rule of law.” (Sen. Sasse, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Congratulations to the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett is an outstanding jurist and a committed constitutionalist. She is an excellent nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court and I look forward to hearing her testimony before [the Senate Judiciary Committee.]” (Sen. Blackburn, @MarshaBlackburn, Twitter, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JOSH HAWLEY (R-MO), Senate Judiciary Committee Member:[O]ur Constitution bans religious tests. Democrats’ offensive and wholly inappropriate attacks [during Judge Barrett’s 2017 nomination to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals] must not be repeated in this confirmation process.” (“Hawley Warns Schumer To Steer Clear Of Catholic-Based Criticisms Of Barrett,” The Hill, 9/26/2020)

SEN. THOM TILLIS (R-NC), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an excellent choice for Associate Justice on the Supreme Court and I support her confirmation. Judge Barrett has outstanding qualifications highlighted by her experience on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and clerkship with the late Antonin Scalia…. She understands the job of a Supreme Court Justice isn’t to legislate from the bench and I’m confident she’ll protect the religious freedom and liberty of all Americans. I look forward to advancing Judge Barrett’s nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and voting for her confirmation on the Senate floor.” (Sen. Tillis, Press Release, 9/27/2020)

SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “President Trump has nominated an impressive jurist in Judge Barrett, who has real-world experience in the classroom and in the courtroom. One of the most sacred jobs Louisianians sent me to do is to vet nominees for lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land. I will join my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in doing just that—fairly and thoroughly. I look forward to hearing from Judge Barrett in the coming days.” (Sen. Kennedy, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MIKE CRAPO (R-ID), Senate Judiciary Committee Member: “Congratulations to Judge Barrett for this high honor.  I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination, and have long maintained that judges at every level of our judicial system must interpret the law as it is written, not legislate new positions from the bench.  As the confirmation process continues, I look forward to the opportunity to meet with Judge Barrett to learn and understand more deeply about her judicial philosophy.  I will conduct all due diligence to ensure my consideration of and votes regarding her nomination remain consistent with the principles and values of Idahoans.” (Sen. Crapo, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

Senate Committee Chairmen: Judge Barrett Is ‘A Well-Qualified, Highly Respected Nominee’ Who ‘Served As A Clerk For Justice Scalia And Distinguish[ed] Herself As A Law Professor At Notre Dame’ And Whose ‘Grace Under Pressure And Long-Standing Commitment To The Rule Of Law Indicate That She Has The Right Temperament To Serve On The Supreme Court’

SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN), Senate HELP Committee Chairman: “I have voted to confirm Justices Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh based upon their intelligence, character and temperament. I will apply the same standard when I consider Judge Barrett’s nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg.” (Sen. Alexander, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JOHN HOEVEN (R-ND), Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman: “We congratulate Judge Barrett on her nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Barrett has an outstanding record of accomplishment as well as a strong record of upholding the law, rather than legislating from the bench. Also, she received bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate when she was confirmed to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. I look forward to meeting with Judge Barrett as the confirmation process gets underway.” (Sen. Hoeven, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JIM INHOFE (R-OK), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman: “President Trump made the right choice by choosing Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court… Throughout her career, Judge Barrett has shown her commitment to upholding the Constitution. She has a long record of upholding the right to life, respecting religious liberty and respecting judicial restraint. I look forward to receiving her nomination in the Senate and confirming her in a swift manner.” (Sen. Inhofe, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI), Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman: “Less than three years ago, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed on a bipartisan basis as a judge on the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. I was pleased to vote for her then, and I expect to support her confirmation as a justice on the Supreme Court.” (Sen. Johnson, @SenRonJohnson, Twitter, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JERRY MORAN (R-KS), Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a well-qualified nominee, having served as a clerk for Justice Scalia and distinguishing herself as a law professor at Notre Dame before receiving bipartisan support during her confirmation to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. I will review Judge Barrett’s legal writings in the coming weeks, and I look forward to meeting with her to learn more about her views of the judicial branch and the Constitution.” (Sen. Moran, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JIM RISCH (R-ID), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman: “Congratulations to Judge Amy Coney Barrett for this high honor. Judge Barrett has a reputation as an exemplary jurist and Constitutionalist, and I look forward to meeting with her to learn more about her judicial philosophy.” (Sen. Risch, @SenatorRisch, Twitter, 9/26/2020)

SEN. PAT ROBERTS (R-KS), Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Committee Chairman: “I look forward to meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and I congratulate her on this most prestigious nomination. As a U.S. Senator, I have a responsibility to ‘advice and consent’ that I take very seriously. Over the coming weeks, I will thoroughly review Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial record…. I hope for a fair confirmation process as the Senate moves forward with Judge Barrett’s nomination.” (Sen. Roberts, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL), Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee Chairman and Acting Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman: “Judge Barrett is a well-qualified, highly respected nominee, and that’s why the Senate previously confirmed her. She is also a person who is strong in her faith. Sadly, I expect my Democratic colleagues and the radical left to do all they can to assassinate her character and once again make an issue of her faith during her confirmation process. And in doing so, they will attempt to obstruct the Senate from fulfilling our constitutional duty of advice and consent. I believe Judge Barrett would make an excellent Supreme Court justice, and I look forward to once again supporting her nomination in the U.S. Senate.” (Sen. Rubio, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. RICHARD SHELBY (R-AL), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman: “I am extremely pleased with President Trump’s selection in nominating Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court.  From her clerkship for the late Justice Scalia to her tenure on the 7th Circuit, Judge Barrett has had a distinguished career and has proven her commitment to the rule of law. Our next Supreme Court Justice must be a steadfast supporter of upholding our nation’s Constitution. I have no doubt in Judge Barrett’s qualifications and I look forward to supporting her nomination.” (Sen. Shelby, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. ROGER WICKER (R-MS), Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee Chairman: “Amy Coney Barrett is an outstanding judge and an even better person. A mother to seven children, she was subjected to unfair attacks on her religious faith and judicial philosophy during her previous confirmation process. Her grace under pressure and long-standing commitment to the rule of law indicate that she has the right temperament to serve on the Supreme Court and go through a highly-charged confirmation process. I commend President Trump on another exceptional pick for the high court, and I hope to meet with Judge Barrett soon.” (Sen. Wicker, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

Republican Senators: Judge Barrett Is ‘A Terrific Choice,’ ‘A Mother, A Wife, An Educator And A Judge,’ Who Is Also ‘One Of The Finest Legal Minds Of Her Generation,’ ‘Highly Regarded For Her Work As A Judge And As A Constitutional Law Professor At Notre Dame’ And Known For Her ‘Intellect, Strong Legal Credentials, And Impeccable Character’

SEN. JOHN BOOZMAN (R-AR): “I congratulate Amy Coney Barrett on her nomination to serve as a member of the Supreme Court. With her extensive legal and academic experience, she is well qualified for the job. As with previous justices nominated by President Trump, Judge Barrett has shown that she understands her Constitutional role and refrains from legislating from the bench. I have every reason to believe she will continue that same approach on the nation’s highest court. I look forward to meeting her and evaluating her nomination on the merits as the Senate proceeds with the confirmation process.” (Sen. Boozman, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. RICHARD BURR (R-NC): “President Trump has made a solid choice in nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Judge Barrett is a highly accomplished and respected candidate.” (Sen. Burr, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-WV): “President Trump has selected another outstanding Supreme Court candidate by nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett has had a distinguished career as a law professor, law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, and federal appellate judge. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to the rule of law and to carefully considering the text and history of the Constitution. I look forward to meeting with Judge Barrett soon as the Senate moves forward with the confirmation process and will consider her based on her merits as West Virginians would expect me to do.” (Sen. Capito, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. BILL CASSIDY (R-LA): “Reports are that Louisiana native Amy Barrett is President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. She is a terrific choice. She has the right legal mind and experience to serve on the Court. Judge Barrett would be only the second Supreme Court justice from Louisiana, and she’s going to make our state and nation proud.” (Sen. Cassidy, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR): “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of the finest legal minds of her generation and has now proven to be a wise judge as well. I congratulate Judge Barrett on her nomination and I commend President Trump for another outstanding choice. The Senate voted to confirm Judge Barrett to the Court of Appeals not even three years ago; since then, she has exceeded our high expectations for faithfully applying the law and upholding our Constitution. I therefore look forward to voting promptly for Judge Barrett next month and confirming her to the highest court in the land.” (Sen. Cotton, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. KEVIN CRAMER (R-ND): “This is an excellent choice by President Trump, who is fulfilling his constitutional responsibility to put forward a well-qualified nominee. Judge Amy Coney Barrett seems made for this moment. She is a brilliant legal scholar who has come face-to-face with the appalling attacks of the far-left and won. While these radicals have already started repackaging their cookie-cutter, anti-Christian attacks on her and gone after her family, I trust President Trump is putting forward a nominee in Judge Barrett who is ready for this fight. I look forward to learning more about her and visiting with her to discuss her nomination.” (Sen. Cramer, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. STEVE DAINES (R-MT): “Judge Barrett is a … well qualified judge, who has faithfully honored and defended the Constitution…. Nearly three years ago I voted to confirm Judge Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court, and I now look forward to casting my vote to confirm Judge Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.” (Sen. Daines, @SteveDaines, Twitter, 9/26/2020)

SEN. DEB FISCHER (R-NE): “I am encouraged that President Trump has announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to serve as the next Justice on the Supreme Court. As a young mother on the 7th circuit court with a history clerking for Justice Scalia, she is a brilliant choice. In the coming days, I look forward to meeting with Judge Barrett in person and reviewing her record carefully.” (Sen. Fischer, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. CINDY HYDE-SMITH (R-MS): “President Trump has exercised his right to put forth a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.  In Judge Barrett, I believe President Trump has chosen a qualified … jurist who, if confirmed, will bring an important perspective to the Court. I look forward to being part of her historic and important confirmation process, which will follow precedent and regular Senate order.  I take my constitutional ‘advice and consent’ responsibility very seriously, and I will carefully weigh Judge Barrett’s merits and qualifications and vote accordingly. Filling a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court is a solemn process for our nation, and I hope Senate consideration of Judge Barrett will not descend into the dishonorable spectacle that Americans witnessed during the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.” (Sen. Hyde-Smith, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OK): “I look forward to meeting Judge Barrett and considering her nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Her distinguished professional resume includes a law degree from University of Notre Dame, clerking for Justice Antonin Scalia, teaching law at her alma mater, and serving on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a dedicated mother of seven, a wife, and a person of strong faith. She is clearly well prepared for the task. Her education, experience and personal convictions all play an important role in her judicial philosophy as a strict constructionist. The Senate confirmed her nomination for the Seventh Circuit three years ago, so a great deal of the background work on her judicial philosophy has already been done. I supported her nomination in 2017 for the Court of Appeals, and I look forward to working through the process of advice and consent for the highest court in the land.” (Sen. Lankford, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. KELLY LOEFFLER (R-GA): “I have to say I was so honored to be with the president at the White House and so proud to support Amy Coney Barrett. I mean, she’s a true originalist. She will interpret the Constitution, she will honor the Constitution, she has deep reverence for it, and she will uphold the law … And that’s what women want is fairness, they want someone who will hold up the law and not legislate from the bench … And I was so honored to be able to meet her at the White House, to talk with her family. She’s a mother, a wife, an educator and a judge. I think women will be so proud …” (Fox News’ “Outnumbered OT,” 9/27/2020)

SEN. MARTHA McSALLY (R-AZ): “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a highly qualified nominee, who I look forward to meeting with and evaluating in the upcoming weeks. Judge Barrett is highly esteemed in the legal community and has extensive judicial experience, including serving as a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and clerking for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia…. After a thorough review of Judge Barrett’s merits, the Senate should vote without delay on her nomination.” (Sen. McSally, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): “Congratulations to Judge Amy Coney Barrett on her nomination to the Supreme Court. I believe she will make an excellent justice that will serve our country and Constitution well, and I look forward to seeing her confirmed soon.” (Sen. Paul, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. DAVID PERDUE (R-GA): “Georgians want a Supreme Court that applies the law, not makes the law. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an outstanding choice to serve on our nation’s highest court. Throughout her impressive legal career, Judge Barrett has been an ardent defender of the Constitution and steadfast supporter of the rule of law. Having clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Barrett understands the importance of protecting our nation’s founding principles. The Senate will now move with due haste to consider Judge Barrett’s nomination.” (Sen. Perdue, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH): “I look forward to considering the nomination of Judge Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Barrett was confirmed by the Senate on October 31, 2017 for her current role as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law and to protect our rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to advance public policy goals by legislating from the bench. Judge Barrett has an impressive background and is highly regarded for her work as a judge and as a constitutional law professor at Notre Dame. I look forward to meeting with her in the coming weeks as she goes through a fair and thorough evaluation process.” (Sen. Portman, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MIKE ROUNDS (R-SD): “President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court. As an accomplished jurist, wife and mother from the Midwest, Judge Barrett brings a unique perspective to our nation’s highest court…. While I am already impressed with Judge Barrett’s credentials and commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Constitution, I look forward to getting to know her better in the coming weeks. And I’ll be ready to vote as soon as the Senate has done its due diligence in vetting Judge Barrett.” (Sen. Rounds, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. MITT ROMNEY (R-UT): “Amy Coney Barrett is a highly-respected jurist with distinguished legal and academic credentials. My constitutional role to provide advice and consent on a Supreme Court nomination is one of my most serious responsibilities as a senator, and I believe our next justice must faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences. I look forward to meeting with Judge Barrett, reviewing her record thoroughly, and carefully evaluating her qualifications.” (Sen. Romney, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. RICK SCOTT (R-FL): “Amy Coney Barrett has a distinguished record of service to our nation, respects the separate roles of our three branches of government and will apply and follow the law as-written, not legislate from the bench. I look forward to meeting with her to hear more about her judicial philosophy and her views on the important legal issues of our time. And I hope the Senate can move swiftly to hold a vote to confirm her to the Supreme Court.” (Sen. Rick Scott, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-SC): “From her time as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, to her work as an esteemed law professor and judge, Amy Coney Barrett has proven she would be a fantastic pick for the Supreme Court. I am confident she will work to uphold the Constitution, defend our nation’s founding principles and be a valuable addition to our nation’s highest court. While Senate Democrats have already shown they are more than happy to belittle her faith through baseless partisan attacks, I look forward to voting on Judge Barrett’s nomination this year.” (Sen. Tim Scott, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

SEN. DAN SULLIVAN (R-AK): I congratulate Judge Amy Coney Barrett on her nomination to serve on our nation’s highest court. I look forward to meeting with her in the coming days to discuss legal matters important to Alaska—including the importance of our Second Amendment rights, access to our lands, the rights of Alaska Natives under federal law, and appropriate limitations on the power of administrative agencies. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will provide a rigorous, respectful and fair review of her record and views during the upcoming Judiciary Committee hearings.” (Sen. Sullivan, Facebook, 9/26/2020)

SEN. PAT TOOMEY (R-PA): “Given Judge Barrett’s intellect, strong legal credentials, and impeccable character, I was proud to support her confirmation to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. These same attributes will serve her well on the nation’s highest court. As a working mother with young children, Judge Barrett would also bring to the Supreme Court a background that will add to its diversity. Importantly, Judge Barrett has shown an unfailing commitment to the proper role of a judge – which is to apply the law, including the U.S. Constitution, as written, and not to decide cases based on a preferred policy or outcome. I look forward to reviewing Judge Barrett’s record further in the coming weeks and speaking with her soon as I consider her nomination.” (Sen. Toomey, Press Release, 9/26/2020)



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