Kamala Harris Kept Her Questioning Of Amy Coney Barrett Laser-Focused On Healthcare
卡玛拉·哈里斯(Kamala Harris)继续询问艾米·科尼·巴雷特(Amy Coney Barrett)激光-专注于医疗保健。
WASHINGTON — This time, instead of the sharp, prosecutorial questions that have become her trademark in the Senate, Sen. Kamala Harris said she would “take a moment to talk directly with the American people about where we are, and how we got here.”
Harris turned her questioning of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Tuesday into a speech defending the Affordable Care Act, encapsulating the unwavering focus on healthcare amidst the coronavirus pandemic from Democrats that has marked Barrett’s confirmation hearings — and Harris and Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
周二，哈里斯将她对最高法院提名人艾米·科尼·巴雷特(Amy Coney Barrett)的提问变成了一次为平价医疗法案辩护的演讲，概括了在民主党人的冠状病毒大流行标志着巴雷特的确认听证会，以及哈里斯和乔·拜登(Joe Biden)的总统竞选活动中，对医疗保健的坚定不移的关注。
“Republicans are planning to confirm this nominee as fast as possible because they need one more Trump judge on the bench before November 10th, to win and strike down the entire Affordable Care Act,” Harris said at the hearing, speaking virtually from her office in the Capitol after two Republican members of the Judiciary Committee tested positive for the virus.
“This is not a hypothetical situation. This is happening. Here’s what you have to know: people are scared. People are scared of what will happen if the Affordable Care Act is destroyed in the middle of a pandemic.”
The Judiciary Committee hearing for Barrett offered a rare moment in American politics: the questioning of a president’s Supreme Court nominee by one of the people on the presidential ticket running against him.
Harris held up a photograph of a Southern California woman with a litany of pre-existing conditions who Harris said was “terrified” that she could no longer afford treatment if the Affordable Care Act was repealed.
“Her fears are shared by millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act and its protections hinge on the Supreme Court and the outcome of this hearing.”
Facing Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Sessions, and others in confirmation hearings while on the Committee, Harris became known for rapid-fire questions that sometimes left Trump administration figures stumbling. But on Tuesday, she paused only a few times to ask Barrett a question.
在委员会任职期间，哈里斯在确认听证会上面对布雷特·卡瓦诺(Brett Kavanaugh)、杰夫·塞申斯(Jeff Sessions)和其他人，他以快速提问而闻名，这些问题有时会让特朗普政府的人物跌跌撞撞。但在周二，她只停了几次问巴雷特一个问题。
Harris attempted to draw a line between an article Barrett wrote in 2017 criticizing Chief Justice John Roberts’ upholding of the Affordable Care Act and Trump’s nomination of Barrett to the 7th Circuit.
哈里斯试图将巴雷特在2017年撰写的一篇批评首席大法官约翰·罗伯茨(John Roberts)支持“平价医疗法案”(Affordable Care Act)的文章与特朗普提名巴雷特进入第七巡回法院划清界限。
“My question is how many months after you published that article did President Trump nominate you to be a judge on the Court of Appeals?” she asked Barrett.
And Harris pressed the nominee on whether she was aware of Trump’s vows to nominate judges who would strike down Obama’s signature healthcare law. Barrett said she “did not recall” having heard the statements.
Democrats see the Affordable Care Act, a case that will be heard by the Supreme Court shortly after the election, as their most powerful weapon against Barrett, whose confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate is, for the moment, still virtually assured.
民主党人认为，将在选举后不久由最高法院审理的《平价医疗法案》(Affordable Care Act)是他们对抗巴雷特的最有力武器。目前，共和党控制的参议院对巴雷特的确认几乎是板上钉钉的。
In Biden and Harris’s campaign against Trump, the coronavirus and its inextricable link to healthcare has become an almost singular issue. It dominates Biden’s rhetoric, and has for almost the entirety of his general election campaign since the virus emerged in March.
Talking with reporters briefly on Monday about Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Biden made the strategy explicit.
“This nominee has said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, this president wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “Let’s keep our eye on the ball.”