Lawmakers react to SCOTUS pick

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(WLAX/WEUX) – A busy and critical week ahead as the battle for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court heats up. President Trump’s pick is angering top democrats, while republicans continue to voice their support.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is criticizing the move and urging the Senate not to act on the nomination. Britt Conway has the latest.

Adding fuel to the already heated supreme court debate. On Sunday, Joe Biden criticized President Trump and the republican-led senate for moving too fast with a nomination.

Biden said, “The Senate has to stand strong for a democracy. They must not act on this nomination until the American people finish the process they’ve already begun, of selecting their president and their congress.”

It comes one day after President Trump unveiled conservative federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said, “A vote for Coney Barrett is a vote to decimate the health care that so many Americans need. There are 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.”

That move has angered top democrats, who say the nomination could lead to the repeal of the affordable health care act, also known as Obamacare when the case goes before the justices.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a House speaker, said, “That is why he was in such a hurry, so he could have someone in place for the oral arguments, which begin November 10.”

In a tweet on Sunday, President Trump said if the court struck down the ACA, it would be a “big win” for the country.

The white house says GOP leaders are ready to deliver a quick nomination.

Mark meadows, White House Chief of Staff, said, “We’ve been in conversations with leader McConnell, with Chairman Graham. He is going to put forth a pretty aggressive schedule for hearings and markups that we believe will happen in the middle part of October.”

I’m Britt Conway reporting.

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