Johnson Statement on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court:
Very few judges in the country are as qualified and credentialed as Judge Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. She was put through the federal judicial confirmation process in October 2017 and confirmed by the Senate to her current position with 55 votes. I know the confirmation process over the next few weeks will be difficult for the Barrett family, as Senate Democrats and some in the National Media have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to smear and attempt to destroy anyone who they think will be a conservative justice on the court, someone who won't be a reliable vote for liberalism and judicial activism. We witnessed this during Judge Barrett's 2017 confirmation hearings, and we're already seeing attacks against her faith beginning to sprout again.
President Trump is acting fully within his constitutional right to put forth this nomination, and now it is time for the Senate to exercise their duty from Article II, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, to advise the president and to consent (approve or reject) such a nomination. I encourage the Senate to act swiftly on this nomination to ensure a vote happens prior to the November election.