On the SCOTUS Nomination

The following is a statement from Rebecca Dixon, executive director of the National Employment Law Project: 

“The National Employment Law Project (NELP) calls on the Trump Administration and Congress to halt the Supreme Court Justice nomination process and focus instead on ensuring millions of struggling individuals and families have the COVID-19 relief they need. It is unconscionable for Senator McConnell to stall on pulling votes together for relief, yet fast track an unacceptable Supreme Court nomination less than two months before Election Day, and as early voting is already underway.

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“Democracy itself is at stake and with it racial and labor justice, healthcare and reproductive rights, civil rights, disability rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, voting rights—and basic human rights that are enshrined in our laws and that everyday people and popular movements fight for with much sacrifice and courage.

“Judge Barrett has proven she puts the wealthy and powerful first, and record shows that if confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, she would only further entrench the anti-worker, pro-corporation slant of this Supreme Court, making it far more difficult to enforce workplace protections and jeopardizing workers’ rights. The people of the United States need a nominee who will stand up to powerful corporate interests, uphold the rule of just laws and our Constitutional protections, and put people first.  Amy Coney Barrett is not that person—by choosing her and attempting to fast-track this nomination, Trump and Senator McConnell only weaponize the Court against the people and our rights.

“This nomination process must be stopped and resumed with a people-first nomination process after the next inauguration as Justice Ginsburg wanted. Millions of people participate in movements for racial, civil, gender, reproductive, LGBTQ, disability, voting, and workers’ rights, following in the footsteps of our elders and ancestors—and we will continue to organize, protest, and fight for a just nomination process.”

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