By: KDKA-TV News Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — Senator Bob Casey says he will not support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Charged With Homicide In Connection To Deadly Penn Hills Shooting In 2020
Casey told KDKA political editor Jon Delano that the push to nominate her before a new president and Senate are elected is aimed at court hearings in November on the Affordable Care Act.
“The reason that this president and this Senate majority is rushing her through is so she can be on the court when the arguments take place on Nov. 10. And that argument is likely to be the predicate to a determination from the court to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, thereby destroying all the protections for preexisting conditions,” Casey said.READ MORE: 'Worst Nightmare': Crews Battle Blaze At Greensburg Home With Hoarding Conditions
Casey says that 5.5 million Pennsylvanias have a preexisting condition. He added that he has no plans to meet with Judge Barrett because he will oppose her nomination.
Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who endorsed waiting eight months until after the 2016 election to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, says he will vote to confirm the president’s nominee if his “objective, non-partisan criteria” is met.MORE NEWS: Republican Ziccarelli Calls For Change While Democratic Incumbent Peck Cites His Prosecutorial Experience In Westmoreland County DA Race
In two weeks, on Oct. 12, the confirmation hearing is set to begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee.