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Foster, Newman decry confirmation of Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

Democrats Marie Newman and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, criticized the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 26, 2020.
Democrats Marie Newman and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, criticized the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 26, 2020.

Democrats from the Will County area blasted the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Barrett along party lines a little over a month after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Democrats have criticized Republicans for focusing on confirming Barrett and not passing another COVID-19 relief bill.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, echoed those critiques as the Senate debated the confirmation.

"Let's be clear: President Trump and Senate Republicans are racing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee just days before a national election so they can take away health care from millions of Americans in the middle of a pandemic," Foster tweeted on Monday. "What an absolute shame."

Marie Newman, the Democratic nominee in the 3rd Congressional District, also criticized the confirmation to ensure a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court. She called on supporters to "fight back."

"Instead of working to pass necessary COVID relief, Senate Republicans' #1 priority was to cement an anti-LGBTQ, anti-worker Supreme Court," Newman tweeted. "Serving the American people is not their priority— imposing an extremist agenda is."

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