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KS, MO politicians react to Trump's SCOTUS nominee

President Trump set to announce Supreme Court nominee Saturday
Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 17:52:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Donald Trump announced on Saturday Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg died Sept. 18 following a battle with cancer.

Coney Barrett, considered a conservative, has served on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017 and was a Notre Dame Law School professor.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), congratulated Barrett shortly after the announcement was made public.

"As a U.S. Senator, I have a responsibility to ‘advice and consent’ that I take very seriously," Roberts said in a statement. "Over the coming weeks, I will thoroughly review Judge Amy Coney Barrett's judicial record. I will only consider supporting a nominee who will uphold the Constitution and not legislate from the bench. I hope for a fair confirmation process as the Senate moves forward with Judge Barrett's nomination."

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) said that Coney Barrett is a "well-qualified nominee" due her past work as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and her time as a law professor before joining the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I will review Judge Barrett’s legal writings in the coming weeks, and I look forward to meeting with her to learn more about her views of the judicial branch and the Constitution," Moran said.

Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt also provided a statement on her nomination.

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in both her judicial record and philosophy, has made clear her commitment to interpreting and upholding the law and the Constitution as they are written," Blunt said. "I was proud to support her confirmation to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and look forward to supporting her confirmation to the Supreme Court. I urge our colleagues across the aisle to give this nomination the fair, thoughtful consideration it deserves.”

Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, of the Sixth District, said in a statement that filling the vacancy left by Ginsburg is "even more critical at this important time in our nation's history."

"Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a wise choice, a Constitutional conservative who will be steadfast in her pursuit of the original intent of our founding documents and the law," Graves said. "Judge Barrett has risen to the top of her profession while raising her children and caring for her family, just like her predecessor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I applaud President Trump for nominating Judge Barrett and I encourage the Senate to swiftly confirm her."

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