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Biden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice

Biden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice
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Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE said Saturday that voters should decide who nominates the next Supreme Court justice to replace the vacancy left by Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE

“The American people know the U.S. Supreme Court decisions affect their everyday lives,” Biden said in a statement. “The United States Constitution was designed to give the voters one chance to have their voice heard on who serves on the Court.”

“That moment is now and their voice should be heard. The Senate should not act on this vacancy until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress,” Biden said. 

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His statement was issued shortly after Trump announced Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Energy: Barrett punts on climate, oil industry recusals | Ex-EPA official claims retaliation in lawsuit | Dems seek to uphold ruling ousting Pendley Amy Coney Barrett is beacon for new kind of feminism in America MORE as his Supreme Court nominee Saturday afternoon from the White House Rose Garden. 

Biden framed the debate in the context of healthcare, noting the Trump administration’s efforts to get the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s signature healthcare law, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden argued that Americans’ “healthcare hangs in the balance” this presidential election. 

Biden described Barrett as having a “written track record of disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act,” noting she has criticized Chief Justice John Robert’s majority opinion upholding the law in 2012. 

Democrats, like Biden, have said that the next president should be the one to choose Ginsburg’s replacement on the high court. They have pointed to Senate Republicans’ decision not to consider former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' Quinnipiac poll reports Biden leading Trump by 8 points in Pennsylvania MORE’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE in 2016 because it was during an election year. 

But Republicans argue that the current circumstances are different because the same party controls the White House and Senate. Trump has indicated he wants to see a vote before the November election, which is less than 40 days away. 

Barrett is expected to begin meeting with senators next week and will face confirmation hearings beginning in mid-October.