Senate leaders look towards confirmation as Senate hearings conclude


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President Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney to fulfill the Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court spot on Sep. 26, 2020.

Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief

The Senate wrapped up their fourth and final day of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing this past Thursday, October 15th. The Senate leaders are hoping to vote and appoint Amy Coney Barrett as soon as next Monday, October 26th.

With the Republican majority in the Senate, Coney Barrett will likely get the majority of the vote and be confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

Throughout the Senate Hearings, the American people were able to see Coney Barrett and learn about the policies she supports.

People were able to take many different things from the hearings. Junior Jake Huisman learned that many of her views aligned with his, and he found her to be fit for the position that she is nominated for.

“In the hearing, her notepad was empty so she is very intelligent and has a great memory,” Huisman said. “I think she is very smart and articulate and a great role model for young girls.”

With the Presidential election coming up soon, some Americans believe that the Senate shouldn’t vote on the current President’s nomination until after the election to let whoever wins the election to nominate the next Justice. This ideal comes from an unwritten precedent that was set by the Republican Party in 2016 when they didn’t hold a vote for Obama’s nomination since it was in an election year.

Huisman is not one of these people. Huisman believes that the Senate should vote now and that the nomination by Obama in 2016 and the nomination by Trump now in 2020 are two different political situations.

“The difference is that Trump can be re-elected and Obama had reached his term limit and was a lame-duck president,” Huisman said.

Senior Gabrielle Fisette disagrees with this sentiment.

“I think that the Senate should wait until after the election so that the Republican party upholds the same precedent that they set in 2016. Especially when it was the February before the election, not just a few weeks before,” Fisette said.

While Huisman had a positive view on the Senate Hearings, others saw more negatives.

“One thing I’ve seen throughout the hearings is how broken the American political system is, and how divisive and hostile congress has become,” said senior Devin Rice.

Another issue some are seeing is a worry that Coney Barrett was unwilling to answer certain questions.

Huisman believes that she is correct in her refusal to answer certain questions.

“It is unethical for her to give opinions on issues that come before the court,” Huisman said.

Rice believes that she should answer the questions.

“She should just answer so the American people can know what the next possible Supreme Court Justice would support, but American politics have become a game of how ‘long can I talk without actually answering’ so she’ll fit right in,” Rice said.