Background Briefing: September 13, 2021
After Allowing a Partisan Anti-Abortion Law to Stand, Amy Coney Barrett Claims Nonpartisanship
We begin with comments made on Sunday by Justice Amy Coney Barrett after being introduced by Senator Mitch McConnell at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, who expressed concern that people may see the Supreme Court as a partisan institution, apparently wanting it both ways since she recently voted in the most partisan way to allow a flagrantly unconstitutional anti-abortion law to become law in Texas. Joining us to discuss the deeply religious one-time clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia who is behind the Texas law, Jonathan Mitchell, is Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the new corporate watchdog group True North Research who was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Deputy Chief of the article 3 Judges Division for the US Courts. We discuss how this anti-union lawyer who has been praised for the ingenious way he created a law that evades judicial review, was only successful because he had a sympathetic audience on the Supreme Court looking for a way to overturn Roe v Wade and an eager Texas Fifth Circuit stacked with far-right Trump judges.
The House Proposal to Pay For the $3.5 Trillion Build Back Better Plan