WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on today’s Judiciary Committee vote to proceed with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court:

Today, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move forward with Judge Barrett’s nomination and fulfill their promise to confirm principled constitutionalists to the Supreme Court, while the Democrats on the committee shirked their responsibility and boycotted the vote.


I don’t think it’s surprising Democrats boycotted the markup—the hearing last week did not go well for them. Judge Barrett was calm, cool, and collected, and her demeanor was scholarly and judicial. Democrats tried to attack her, and it didn’t go well. They quickly realized that the more the American people saw this impressive jurist pledging to be faithful to the Constitution, the worse it was for them. That’s why, by the afternoon of the second day of questioning, there were only two Democrats left in the hearing. The Democrats’ boycott of the Committee vote today was a stunt to appease the left-wing activist base that is angry the Democrats can’t stop this nomination.


Judge Barrett impressed the country when she testified, and I believe Judge Barrett will be Justice Barrett by the end of the week. I look forward to seeing her confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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