Working People Deserve COVID-19 Relief, Not a Rushed Supreme Court Nominee

Working people deserve real relief from COVID-19, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans. And we deserve a voice in the future of the Supreme Court. Using the precious final few days of the 116th Congress to ram through a Supreme Court nomination would deny us both, only adding insult to injury.

The HEROES Act has been sitting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk since May 15. This legislation deserves immediate action so we can preserve jobs and paychecks, homes and pensions, public services and health care—and above all, save lives.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her career defending the Constitution and the everyday working people who bring that document to life. She was a consistent, unshakable champion of civil and women’s rights, and the freedom to form a union. Confirming her successor requires thoughtful and careful deliberation. That’s how we honor the trailblazing justice’s memory.

People already are voting. President Donald Trump’s short list of nominees follow the anti-worker playbook championed by him and McConnell. The Senate should focus on emergency COVID-19 relief now and wait until after the inauguration to vote on a Supreme Court nominee.