Republicans on the Senate Justice Committee appear to be working as a “unit” during the second day of Judge Amy Connie Barrett’s Supreme Court hearing, former Parliamentary Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said on Tuesday.
Gowdy, now a Fox News contributor, cited Barrett’s interrogation by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., As an example, which affected the religious beliefs of Barrett, her family, and some of her past court decisions.
“I’m sure Josh wanted to do something different with his time, but the group as a whole said, ‘You need to give her a chance to explain the following,'”
Gowdy added that Democrats were similarly disciplined in their interrogations, which largely focused on attempts to pin Barrett on health policy.
“Democrats are focusing on health care and suddenly want to scare people that it will regain its rights, and Republicans are remarkably well-disciplined, much more disciplined than the House Judiciary Committee ever was,” he said.
Discussing the 2012 National Federation of Independent Business case against Sebelius, in which the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, Gowdy recalled that “four of the judges felt the way the Obama administration claimed that is unconstitutional, and nine disagree with their analysis of the trade clause.
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“It wasn’t just a conservative bloc, and the nine thought it shouldn’t stand up,” he added.
“There are 1,000 ways to protect existing conditions and ensure access to health care. I think what Judge Barrett is saying is to find a way to get together under the constitution. There were 1,000 ways to do it, but not it is the task of the Supreme Court to find one of these ways. “