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Oregon US Senators Denounce "Unfair Rush" To Seat A New Supreme Court Justice

Hank Stern

Oregon Democratic US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were in Eugene Saturday voicing their concerns over what they say is an "unfair rush" to seat a new Supreme Court Justice.

Senator Wyden spoke to an audience at Planned Parenthood. In denouncing his Republican colleagues. He said "they're doing this even as most Americans believe the winner of the presidential election should be the one to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice."

Wyden said the Affordable Healthcare Act is in jeopardy with an upcoming Supreme Court hearing, and he sees a conservative nominee as a threat to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. “If you don't trust Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump with your healthcare, including a woman's reproductive health, you cannot trust this nominee," Wyden told the crowd.

Wyden's remarks came a few hours before President Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his choice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, September 18th, just over a week ago.

Wyden and Merkley also met with survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire before traveling to meet with those affected by the Beachie Creek Fire in the Santiam Canyon.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.