Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday called on the U.S. Senate to hold off voting on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, claiming that the right thing to do would be to wait to fill the vacant seat on the court until after January’s inauguration.
“The Senate has to stand strong for our democracy,” Biden said in remarks Sunday afternoon. He went on to say that senators should “take a step back from the brink,” and that “this is a time to de-escalate.”
Biden’s criticism focused in large part on concerns that Barrett would vote to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, as the Supreme Court is readying to hear arguments in a case involving the law known as ObamaCare soon after November’s election.
This has been a common theme of Democrats’ attacks on Barrett, who has criticized Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision upholding the law before she became a judge.
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