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Sen. Sullivan meets with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Sen. Sullivan meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Sen. Sullivan meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett(Sen. Dan Sullivan's Office)
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 4:14 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Wednesday, Sen. Dan Sullivan met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sullivan said in a prepared statement that the nearly 45-minute meeting was “really productive" and called Barrett a “thoughtful and intelligent jurist with many credentials.”

The senator and judge spoke about the role of a judge on the federal judiciary, Alaska-specific issues like the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Trans Alaska Pipeline Act, the Second Amendment — which Sullivan said Barrett was a “strong defender” of — and they spoke about the issue of the power and limitations of federal agencies.

“We covered other topics as well. But I would say I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more of her views as the Judiciary Committee hearings kick into gear,” Sullivan said in the statement. “But, overall, it was an important meeting today. I think she came away with a sense of just how important and unique many of the federal laws that come before the U. S. Supreme Court relate to Alaska, and that was my goal today.”

Al Gross, an independent candidate running as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, posted on his Facebook page his reaction to the meeting. He started off the post by claiming Barrett will “gut” the Affordable Care Act and a woman’s right to choose. He stated his disapproval of Sullivan, saying Sullivan will vote yes on a justice and court that approves of abolishing those things.

“Now, I can go on and on about how Dan Sullivan is a hypocritical politician for even going through with the vote after what he said in 2016, but he just does what his donors and his bosses in Washington say, we learned that from the Pebble Mine tapes. The contrast could not be more clear in this election,” Gross said in the video.

While @SenDanSullivan is glad to fast-track #SupremeCourt nominees who want to gut the #ACA and end #RoevWade, I will...

Posted by Dr. Al Gross for US Senate on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Gross ended his video stating he will continue to fight to ensure people have access to affordable health care and for women to control their own health decisions.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office told Alaska’s News Source that they are working to schedule a meeting with Barrett, but they haven’t set one yet.

Barrett, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit, was nominated by Trump on Saturday to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to add views from Al Gross, as well as information from Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office.

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