Congressman Al Green on President Trump’s SCOTUS Nomination

Sep 26, 2020

(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, September 26, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement of his Supreme Court nominee:               

“Today, President Trump has announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – following her untimely passing, which we yet mourn. Would Judge Barrett’s confirmation be a step forward or a step backward for our nation,” asked Houston-area Congressman Al Green.

Congressman Green continued, “While I cannot say with certainty how a Justice Barrett will vote on the seminal issues of our time, I can say with confidence what President Trump will expect. The President will expect her to be his political voice and proxy vote on the Supreme Court. He will expect a Justice Barrett to vote to eventually overturn the pivotal reproductive rights decision in Roe v. Wade. The President will expect her to vote to overturn the landmark legislation that provides over 20 million Americans access to health care regardless of pre-existing conditions – the Affordable Care Act, which he has consistently promised his supporters he will repeal without having presented any replacement legislation. This would needlessly put countless lives at risk.”

“Of paramount importance to President Trump will be his expectation for a Justice Barrett to vote to maintain him as president should the results of the November election be contested and litigated before the Supreme Court. This President has been unwavering in his attempts to discredit this election, as he anticipates that a Supreme Court dominated by his proxies would be decisive in protecting his presidency.”

Congressman Green concluded, “Yes, it’s late, but it’s not too late to let Senators – who have to the power to confirm the next Supreme Court Justice – know where you stand on issues of vital importance, including your health care, reproductive rights, as well as the integrity of the executive office and its respect for our nation’s Constitution. This is a pivotal moment not only for the Supreme Court but for the fate of our country. History will judge not only our actions but also our inactions. We must act now – not only for ourselves but for generations to come.”