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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks at a news conference in his downtown office on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt signed a Wednesday letter calling on the Senate to "immediately" confirm the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.
The letter to the Senate Presidents, signed by 22 GOP attorneys general, states: "Judge Barrett is a distinguished jurist and an exceptional appellate judge with a track record of interpreting the Constitution according to its text and its original public meaning."
The GOP-controlled Senate is already quick to bring Barrett to justice after President Donald Trump announced he would nominate her after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last month.
If this were confirmed, Barrett, a Conservative, would replace Ginsburg, a Liberal, and bring the court to a Conservative majority of 6-3.
US Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley have both announced their support for Barrett's nomination.
Hawley has said he would only support one candidate who believes that the 1973 case that guarantees the right to abortion across the country, Roe v. Wade, was wrongly decided.
In the near future, the Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in a lawsuit by Republican attorneys general next month targeting the Affordable Care Act.