DC appeals court nominee sails through confirmation hearing amid pandemic rancor

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Published: May 06, 2020
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86% "But Durbin, during his questioning, described Walker's comments as mocking the Supreme Court ruling and called it painful to hear Walker say he has ..."
82% "That is particularly true, the Democrats said, for a nominee who said the Supreme Court made an indefensible decision to uphold the 2010 health ..."
75% "WASHINGTON -- Judge Justin Walker, as expected, breezed through his confirmation hearing Wednesday for a spot on an influential appeals court in Washington, even ..."
68% "The hearing turned into a proxy fight over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislative priorities during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including the race to ..."
66% "Why, in the middle of a pandemic, should we support a nominee who would take away health care from millions of Americans, including those ..."
63% "Walker also said he wrote about the health care law as an academic, that criticism of a legal decision is not about any health ..."
60% "One of those dissenters was Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, for whom Walker clerked at the time of that 2012 decision.""
55% "Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois was among several committee Democrats who criticized McConnell for bringing the Senate back to Washington not for legislation ..."
-63% "Walker, under questioning from Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said comments he made about that Supreme Court decision as recently as his investiture ..."

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86% : But Durbin, during his questioning, described Walker's comments as mocking the Supreme Court ruling and called it "painful" to hear Walker say he has an open mind on the issue.
82% : The physical backdrop for that fight was one of the largest Senate hearing rooms, allowing senators and staff to practice social distancing and five committee members to appear on televisions.
82% : That is particularly true, the Democrats said, for a nominee who said the Supreme Court made an "indefensible decision" to uphold the 2010 health care law known as the Affordable Care Act that many now depend on to have insurance.
75% : WASHINGTON -- Judge Justin Walker, as expected, breezed through his confirmation hearing Wednesday for a spot on an influential appeals court in Washington, even as Democrats pressed him on previous comments about his judicial approach and his criticism of rulings that upheld the 2010 health care law.
68% : The hearing turned into a proxy fight over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislative priorities during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including the race to fill federal judicial vacancies with President Donald Trump's appointments.
66% : "Why, in the middle of a pandemic, should we support a nominee who would take away health care from millions of Americans, including those with preexisting conditions?" said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's top Democrat.
63% : Walker also said he wrote about the health care law as an academic, that criticism of a legal decision is not about any health care policy, and that as a judge he would follow the decision as binding precedent.
60% : One of those dissenters was Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, for whom Walker clerked at the time of that 2012 decision.
55% : Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois was among several committee Democrats who criticized McConnell for bringing the Senate back to Washington not for legislation to respond to the health crisis but for the hearing for Walker.
37% : Walker, under questioning from Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said comments he made about that Supreme Court decision as recently as his investiture ceremony in March were a "lighthearted allusion" and a "tongue-in-cheek" reference to the justices who dissented in that divisive 5-4 decision.
34% : That spot won't actually be open until a judge officially retires in September, Democrats pointed out.
30% : Walker donned a face mask before the hearing started.
30% : The 37-year-old McConnell protege became a district court judge in the majority leader's home state of Kentucky only a few months before Trump picked him to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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