Kyrsten Sinema says she will vote no on Amy Coney Barrett confirmation
PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) announced Sunday that she plans to vote no on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
“It is the duty of all federal judges to consistently apply the Constitution and laws to protect the fundamental rights of all Americans,” Sinema said in a statement.
“After watching the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, reading Judge Barrett’s legal opinions and scholarly writings, and speaking with her directly, I am concerned about Judge Barrett’s inconsistent views on legal precedent, and how those inconsistencies impact her obligation to interpret and uphold the rule of law.”
Sinema spoke one-on-one with Barrett in Washington, D.C. on Friday, but kept quiet until now on how she would vote in Barrett’s confirmation.
“As I promised Arizonans, I am carefully considering whether this nominee is professionally qualified, believes in the role of an independent judiciary, and can be trusted to faithfully interpret and uphold the rule of law,” Sinema said of the meeting in a press release.
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) posted a video Tuesday saying she would vote yes for President Donald Trump’s pick.
The Senate held a procedural vote on Sunday to break a Democratic filibuster. A 51-48 vote was the result, with a final confirmation vote expected to take place Monday.
Trump nominated Barrett to fill the seat that opened when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September.