Wyden Statement on Senate Floor on the Impacts of a Trump Supreme Court Nominee on Health Care
Madam President, this weekend brought tragic news with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not a lot of members of the federal judiciary become cultural icons recognizable by only their initials. RBG did, and she earned her recognition and her place in history through an astonishing career fighting for gender equality, for the rights of LGBTQ-plus individuals, for the rights of all those who are pushed to the margins of American society. I’ve heard from a lot of Oregonians who are fearful about what her passing means for their futures,
Leader McConnell and Donald Trump have made it clear that they’re pulling out all the stops to put another far-right Republican on the highest court in the land – breaking their own rule pertaining to election-year appointments. It just goes to show how Trump and Senate Republicans have corrupted the judiciary, no matter the cost to this country.
So, now it’s down to only a few weeks before the election. It goes without saying that the future of the Court will affect just about every aspect of Americans’ lives. My colleagues have talked about a lot of those issues – the list is miles long, from the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans, to workers’ rights, to the ability of every eligible American to vote and much, much more.
However, there is one issue that will come up immediately with a Trump-backed lawsuit going before the Court soon after the election. That issue is health care. (more…)
Most people are fortunate enough to not have contact with the judges in our county, but this November we will all be voting for one of ours. Before casting your vote, I ask that you listen to those whose lives have been directly impacted by the courts.
I am a foster parent in Lincoln County and I see first hand the impact a judge has on children in the foster care system and in our community. We as a community need Judge Benjamin.
I have seen Judge Benjamin’s knowledge, integrity, and compassion first hand. It is clear that she truly cares about these children and families. When Judge Benjamin officiated over the adoption of my daughter, she didn’t just speak to her, she listened to her. From that moment on, in our house, she is known as “my Judge” by my daughter.
I have also seen Judge Benjamin preside over criminal cases. She treats each person with respect no matter the reason they are in her courtroom. Her ability to show kindness, respect and fairness to all is a characteristic that is so important in the Judicial role.
Judge Benjamin won’t be listed as the incumbent on your ballot but she is the candidate who took over for Judge Sanders in early 2019 and she continues to handle the cases that were Judge Sanders’. I invite you to ask those who appear in front of Judge Benjamin whether she deserves our votes. If you do, I’m confident you will join me in voting for Amanda Benjamin for Circuit Court Judge position 2 this November.
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