“Amy Coney Barrett is an invaluable addition to our nation’s highest court."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ann Schockett, President of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), sent congratulations and praise to Amy Coney Barrett who has been confirmed and sworn in to become the newest associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
“Justice Amy Coney Barrett is an invaluable addition to our nation’s highest court. Throughout her illustrious career, she has faithfully upheld the U.S. Constitution as written. She made it clear during the arduous hearings through to her acceptance remarks that she will decide cases based on written law and not allow personal preference and politics to interfere,” Schockett said. “Justice Barrett is eminently respected across the legal profession as a brilliant jurist, a notable scholar and remarkable intellect. Greatly admired as a role model and as a modern day feminist to women across the nation and the globe, she has shown the greatest devotion to her family demonstrating how women can have a successful career while being fully engaged as a wife and mother.”
“From Day 1 of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, I was proud to lead the successful efforts of dedicated NFRW volunteers from across the country to actively support this remarkable Justice. Our NFRWarriors’ 'Amy Army' Rapid Response Team spearheaded multiple campaigns including on the ground in D.C., in the media and social media and through a petition to our U.S. Senators signed by thousands of our members. I thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senators who persisted in fulfilling their constitutional duties to advise and consent on judicial nominations as laid out in the Constitution,” Schockett continued. “The Democrats did their best to derail this outstanding nominee. Their attacks did not stick on either Justice Barrett’s qualifications or her character.”
The nomination of Justice Barrett was a controversial one, which President Schockett and Federation women witnessed first-hand in D.C. by being present during heated and sometimes violent protests by those in opposition to her. Meanwhile, throughout the nation, Republicans and conservative activists continued to praise her sterling legal credentials and originalist interpretation of the Constitution as Democrats and their liberal allies decried the nomination by questioning her religious beliefs, her adoption of two Haitian children, and whether or not the process should take place during an election year. There are also calls from Democrats to pursue legislation to expand the Supreme Court from 9 to 15 seats, a concept known as “court packing.”
“Court packing is not a new concept. Former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried court packing back in the 1930s when he had difficulties getting his New Deal legislation passed,” Schockett explained. “He wanted to create new policies through the courts that couldn’t get passed through the legislature, but that maneuver failed. The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett will hopefully put a stop to the practice of using the judiciary as a means for partisans to tilt policy decisions in their favor. If the Democrats are so concerned about legislation being overturned, maybe they should consider writing better laws.”
Barrett was confirmed by the full Senate by a vote of 52-48. Before her nomination, Justice Barrett served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest grassroots Republican women’s organization in the country. Building leaders, energizing communities and keeping America strong, NFRW empowers women from all backgrounds in the political process and provides a forum for women to serve as leaders in the political, government, and civic arenas.
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