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Sen. Jerry Moran discusses Supreme Court nomination hearing

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 11:28 PM CDT
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HILLSBORO, Kan. (KWCH) - Sen. Jerry Moran was in Hillsboro, Kan. on Thursday celebrating broadband development years in the making with local leaders and Telecom TC Wireless. He said he knows that for high-speed internet access is vital for Kansas' future.

“We know there’s a lot of work left to be done. Make sure we all role up our sleeves and get this accomplished. It matters for our schools, our libraries, for our hospitals,” he said.

Moran also discussed the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

“Somebody who is not interested in making the law but is interested in interpreting the law to best of his or her ability as to what was intended, what the words say, and she impressed me in her testimony,” he said.

The senator said he expects a full Senate vote on Judge Barrett’s nomination before the end of the month.

“I think we’ll still have more time to get more information. There are still witnesses to testify during the next week. This is not a rushed circumstance compared to other nominations. Nothing out of the ordinary is happening here, and I think, I mean, I hope this isn’t true but people shouldn’t make up their mind until they hear the full story and that’s whether you’re voting yes or you’re voting no," said Senator Moran. "I wish we had a Senate that was still open-minded about this.”

Democrats say the process is moving too fast and should wait since the election is near, but Moran defends the process saying President Trump is fulfilling his constitutional responsibility.

“In my view, a president, any president, Republican president or Democrat president, they are elected for a four-year term.” He said, “The term doesn’t expire until January and the president has the responsibility, the obligation, certainly the right to make a nomination. It’s up to the Senate to determine whether or not they consider that nomination or how they vote.”

Senator Moran added, “I’ve indicated in the days in which Judge (Merrick) Garland was being considered that he was worthy of a hearing."

This is true, but Eyewitness News reported in 2016 that Sen. Moran later reversed course after backlash from conservative groups.

He said he’s still reviewing Judge Barrett’s nomination and his biggest disappointment is how political this process has become.

Sen. Moran said he supports another, smaller stimulus package.

“Supportive of a much smaller and more focused stimulus package. I think there’s a number of businesses that have slipped through the cracks, commercial property, retail, motels, restaurants, venues, theaters; there are still businesses that are really struggling. I think the PPP program, the paycheck protection program was very valuable and we ought to extend it," said the Senator.

He added, "I would highlight the most important thing to do is do all the things that get COVID out of lives in regard to our healthcare. Meaning, we need more testing, we need the vaccine and the logistics of getting it distributed. We need personal protective equipment. Things that make us healthy. We can’t afford to try to prop up an economy forever. What we need are people who are healthy and know they’re healthy and we ought to invest to make sure that’s the case.”

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