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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Mere days before the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, refused to take a coronavirus test. Graham argued that he was going to run “the hearing in a medically compliant way, but I’m not going to live my life differently than you who have to live yours.”

Before a debate yesterday, Graham’s opponent for a Senate seat, Jaime Harrison, asked him to take a COVID-19 test in order for the debate to go forward. Since he refused, both candidates were being questioned for 30 minutes each.

Graham asked the viewers during his section of the debate, “How many of you are going to go to work tomorrow? How many of you are going to be around people tomorrow? If you’re a waitress and you go to the restaurant to earn your living, are you going to require of your employer that everybody be tested that comes into the restaurant? Are you going to require that all your co-workers be tested, whether they need to or not?”

“You can’t make that requirement,” the senator explained. “If you did, it would break our economy. So we’re going to run the hearing in a medically compliant way, but I’m not going to live my life differently than you who have to live yours.”

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham is responsible for conducting the confirmation hearings starting Monday.

President Donald Trump had nominated Judge Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven, to the Supreme Court two weeks ago. According to standard procedure, the Senate Judiciary Committee can ask the nominee any questions during the hearings, before the full Senate can vote to confirm.

Several positive coronavirus tests among senators and members of the administration in recent weeks have led Democrats to ask for delaying the hearings in an attempt to block replacing the late pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the pro-life Barrett.

Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah announced last Friday that he started experiencing “symptoms consisted with longtime allergies” on Thursday morning. “Out of an abundance of caution, I sought medical advice and was tested for COVID-19. Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive.”

Lee said he was quarantining “for the next 10 days” until October 12.

In his brief statement, he made sure to emphasize that he had spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Graham “and assured them I will be back to work in time to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Committee and then to the full Senate.”

Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said just a few hours after Lee that he tested positive for COVID-19, as well. Like Lee, Tillis is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also will be “self-isolating at home for 10 days,” but he didn’t comment on any implications his diagnosis might have on confirming Barrett as a Supreme Court justice.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein released a statement after the two members of the committee were diagnosed with COVID-19.

“It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” they wrote. “The unfortunate news about the infection of our colleague Senator Mike Lee makes even more clear that health and safety must guide the schedule for all Senate activities, including hearings.”

The statement was released after both President Donald Trump and Lee tested positive, but before Tillis had his test results.

“In addition,” the Democrats’ statement continued, “there is bipartisan agreement that a virtual confirmation hearing for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench is not an acceptable substitute. All circuit court nominees have appeared in person during the pandemic, and there is far more at stake for the American people with this Supreme Court nomination, including the Affordable Care Act being struck down and more than 7 million COVID survivors being denied health coverage.”

The first of four scheduled days of hearings will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Monday.

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PETITION UPDATE (10/26//2020)

In a resounding victory for supporters of life, family and freedom, the U.S. Senate has just confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States!

Justice Barrett was sworn-in by Justice Clarence Thomas and will swiftly fill the vacant seat and immediately begin participating in Supreme Court hearings.

The petitions signed by many of you - there are now over 40,000 signatures - supporting Judge Amy Coney Barrett were sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as to the Officers of the USCCB.

Thank you for signing these petitions. As you can see, your signature really does make a difference!

We also know that many of you also made calls to your U.S. senators to encourage them to vote for Judge Barrett. Thank you!

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PETITION UPDATE (10/22/2020)

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, leaving only one hurdle to go next week.

Every Republican on the committee voted for Barrett, President Donald Trump’s selection to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while every committee Democrat boycotted the vote, CNBC reports.

Please READ the latest LifeSite article about the Senate Committee's vote here.

As you read above, Judge Barrett has one more hurdle next Monday. Of course, it's the BIGGEST hurdle.

So, if you haven't already, could we ask you to please call your U.S. senators to politely voice your support for Judge Barrett?

After SIGNING this petition, please scroll down the page, where you will find the list of all U.S. senators' contact details.

Let's keep working and praying so that we can see a pro-life judge sit on the Supreme Court.

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PETITION UPDATE (10/15/20)

The fourth day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is going on now.

Please CLICK HERE to go to the livestream of the hearings.

Please watch and read EXCLUSIVE LifeSite videos and articles about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's hearings:

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'We are people of faith, the true body of Christ': Christians pray for SCOTUS confirmation hearings'

'"That's your job": Judge Barrett responds to relevance of Obamacare to SCOTUS confirmation'

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'Senator who badgered Barrett about Catholicism in 2017 presses her on abortion at confirmation hearing'

'Hawley, Barrett dismantle religious tests for office at Supreme Court hearing'

'Ted Cruz at Barrett hearing warns Democrats want to ‘erase’ religious liberty'

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Conservatives and Christians asked President Trump to deliver a proven constitutional originalist with a solid pro-life background, and he did.

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Please SIGN this urgent petition - to Senate Leadership - asking them to quickly confirm Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice.

Then, please take a couple of minutes to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS using their numbers below, and politely urge them to confirm Barrett.

When Amy Coney Barrett's senate confirmation hearing begins on Monday, October 12th, the mother of seven and devout Catholic is expected to face fierce opposition.

Of course, the anticipated attacks have nothing to do with Barrett's legal credentials, which are uniformly top-notch.

Instead, they have to do with her faith in Jesus and with her belief that life begins at conception.

This is nothing short of anti-Christian bigotry which cannot be tolerated.

The fact is, Amy Coney Barrett is the best candidate for the job, and she urgently needs our support.

By signing the petition, we can unite to powerfully speak with one voice. But, by calling your senators, you can ensure that they know their local constituents are concerned and interested enough to telephone their offices.

This is our time to get active! We must voice our support for Amy Coney Barrett at this crucial moment in our nation's history.

Please SIGN this petition, and then please use the contact details below to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS right-away! Thank you!

U.S. SENATORS' CONTACT DETAILS:

SENATORS AND PHONE NUMBERS -  https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact  

ALABAMA SENATORS 

Doug Jones – (202) 224-4124 

Richard C. Shelby – (202) 224-5744 

ALASKA SENATORS 

Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665 

Dan Sullivan – (202) 224-3004 

ARIZONA SENATORS 

Martha McSally – (202) 224-2235 

Kyrsten Sinema – (202) 224-4521 

ARKANSAS SENATORS 

John Boozman – (202) 224-4843 

Tom Cotton – (202) 224-2353 

CALIFORNIA SENATORS 

Dianne Feinstein – (202) 224-3841 

Kamala D. Harris – (202) 224-3553 

COLORADO SENATORS 

Michael F. Bennett – (202) 224-5852 

Cory Gardner – (202) 224-5941 

CONNECTICUT SENATORS 

Richard Blumenthal – (202) 224-2823 

Christopher Murphy – (202) 224-4041 

DELAWARE SENATORS 

Thomas R. Carper – (202) 224-2441 

Christopher A. Coons – (202) 224-5042 

FLORIDA SENATORS 

Marco Rubio – (202) 224-3041 

Rick Scott – (202) 224-5274 

GEORGIA SENATORS 

Kelly Loeffler – (202) 224-3643  

David Perdue – (202) 224-3521 

HAWAII SENATORS 

Mazie K. Hirono – (202) 224-6361 

Brian Schatz – (202) 224-3934 

IDAHO SENATORS 

Mike Crapo – (202) 224-6142 

James E. Risch – (202) 224-2752 

ILLINOIS SENATORS 

Dick Durbin – (202) 224-2152 

Tammy Duckworth – (202) 224-2854 

INDIANA SENATORS 

Mike Braun – (202) 224-4814 

Todd Young – (202) 224-5623 

IOWA SENATORS 

Joni Ernst – (202) 224-3254 

Chuck Grassley – (202) 224-3774 

KANSAS SENATORS 

Jerry Moran – (202) 224-6521 

Pat Roberts – (202) 224-4744 

KENTUCKY SENATORS 

Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541 

Rand Paul – (202) 224-4343 

LOUISIANA SENATORS 

Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824 

John Kennedy – (202) 224-4623 

MAINE SENATORS 

Susan M. Collins – (202) 224-2523 

Angus S. King – (202) 224-5344 

MARYLAND SENATORS 

Benjamin L. Cardin – (202) 224-4524 

Chris Van Hollen – (202) 224-4654 

MASSACHUSETS SENATORS 

Edward J. Markey – (202) 224-2742 

Elizabeth Warren – (202) 224-4543 

MICHIGAN 

Gary C. Peters – (202) 224-6221 

Debbie Stabenow – (202) 224-4822 

MINNESOTA 

Amy Klobuchar – (202) 224-3244 

Tina Smith – (202) 224-5641 

MISSISSIPPI 

Cindy Hyde-Smith – (202) 224-5054 

Roger F. Wicker – (202) 224-6253 

MISSOURI 

Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721 

Josh Hawley – (202) 224-6154 

MONTANA 

Steve Daines – (202) 224-2651 

Jon Tester – (202) 224-2644 

NEBRASKA 

Deb Fischer – (202) 224-6551 

Ben Sasse – (202) 224-4224 

NEVADA 

Catherine Cortez Masto – (202) 224-3542 

Jacky Rosen – (202) 224-6244 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Margaret Wood Hassan – (202) 224-3324 

Jeanne Shaheen – (202) 224-2841 

NEW JERSEY 

Cory A. Booker – (202) 224-3224 

Robert Menendez – (202) 224-4744 

NEW MEXICO 

Martin Heinrich – (202) 224-5521 

Tom Udall – (202) 224-6621 

NEW YORK 

Kirsten E. Gillibrand – (202) 224-4451 

Charles E. Schumer – (202) 224-6542 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Richard Burr – (202) 224-3154 

Thom Tillis – (202) 224-6342 

NORTH DAKOTA 

Kevin Cramer – (202) 224-2043 

John Hoeven – (202) 224-2551 

OHIO  

Sherrod Brown – (202) 224-2315 

Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353 

OKLAHOMA 

James M. Inhofe – (202) 224-4721 

James Lankford – (202) 224-5754 

OREGON 

Jeff Merkley – (202) 224-3753 

Ron Wyden – (202) 224-5244 

PENNSYLVANIA 

Robert P. Casey, Jr. – (202) 224-6324 

Patrick J. Toomey, Jr. – (202) 224-4254 

RHODE ISLAND 

Jack Reed – (202) 224-4642 

Sheldon Whitehouse – (202) 224-2921 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Lindsey Graham – (202) 224-5972 

Tim Scott – (202) 224-6121 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

Mike Rounds – (202) 224-5842 

John Thune – (202) 224-2321 

TENNESSEE 

Lamar Alexander – (202) 224-4944 

Marsha Blackburn – (202) 224-3344 

TEXAS 

John Cornyn – (202) 224-2934 

Ted Cruz – (202) 224-5922 

UTAH 

Mike Lee – (202) 224-5444 

Mitt Romney – (202) 224-5251 

VERMONT 

Patrick J. Leahy – (202) 224-4242 

Bernard Sanders – (202) 224-5141 

VIRGINIA 

Tim Kaine – (202) 224-4024 

Mark R. Warner – (202) 224-2023 

WASHINGTON 

Maria Cantwell – (202) 224-3441 

Patty Murray – (202) 224-2621 

WEST VIRGINIA 

Shelley Moore Capito – (202) 224-6472 

Joe Manchin III – (202) 224-3954 

WISCONSIN 

Tammy Baldwin – (202) 224-5653 

Ron Johnson – (202) 224-5323 

WYOMING 

John Barrasso – (202) 224-6441 

Michael B. Enzi – (202) 224-3424

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