The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee appear to be operating as “one unit” on the second day of the Supreme Court hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, former House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy said Tuesday.
Gowdy, now a Fox News associate, cited Barrett’s questioning by Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., An, who touched on Barrett’s religious beliefs, her family, and some of her previous court decisions.
“I’m sure Josh wanted to do something different in his time, but the group as a whole said, ‘You need to give them an opportunity to explain the following things,'”
Gowdy added that the Democrats were similarly disciplined in their polls, which mainly focused on keeping Barrett down on health policy.
“The Democrats are focused on health care and want to suddenly scare people that they are going to reclaim rights, and the Republicans are remarkably well disciplined, far more disciplined than the House Judiciary Committee ever,” he said.
Referring to the 2012 National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius case, in which the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, Gowdy recalled that “four of the judges believed the Obama administration to do this was unconstitutional holds, all nine disagreed. ” their commerce clause analysis.
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“It wasn’t just a conservative bloc, all nine thought it shouldn’t pass,” he added.
“There are 1,000 ways to protect existing conditions and provide access to health care. I think Judge Barrett says he’ll find a way that passes constitutional scrutiny. There have been 1,000 ways to do it, but it’s not the job of the Supreme Court to find this one of those avenues. “