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21 GOP lieutenant governors sign letter backing Barrett confirmation

21 GOP lieutenant governors sign letter backing Barrett confirmation
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Twenty-one Republican lieutenant governors urged Senate leadership to proceed with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE to the Supreme Court in a letter Monday.

The letter echoes comments by President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE, calling a nine-justice high court essential in case of a disputed result in the 2020 election.

“It is critical that Americans exercise their right to vote with total confidence that a full, nine-member Court could examine any challenges to elections results without the potential of a tie vote,” the letter states. “We are confident that upon her confirmation, she will continue to exercise judicial restraint, interpret the law as it's written, and respect the Constitution as it was originally laid out by our Framers.”

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“Judge Barrett has an outstanding record as a fair and Constitutional jurist and will serve on the Court with great integrity,” Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, the chair of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, said in a statement. “I am proud to join 20 of my Republican lieutenant governor colleagues from across the country in urging Senate leadership to expeditiously confirm her nomination.”

The letter is also signed by the lieutenant governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

The letter comes the week after 22 GOP state attorneys general urged Barrett's confirmation in a similar letter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' McConnell alma mater criticizes him for 1619 comments McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse to advance appropriations bills in June, July The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won MORE (R-S.C.) have both said the committee and Senate will vote on Barrett’s nomination as scheduled even after committee members Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans urge probe into Amazon government cloud-computing bid: report Allowing a racist slur against Tim Scott to trend confirms social media's activist bias Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate hears from Biden's high-profile judicial nominees for first time Senate Democrats take aim at 'true lender' interest rate rule Former North Carolina chief justice launches Senate campaign MORE (R-N.C.) tested positive for the coronavirus. The first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.