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Press Release:Over 4,500 South Carolinians Are Calling on Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to Delay SCOTUS Vote
by WREN Staff on Oct 24, 2020
The Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network Delivered Over 4,500 South Carolinian Petition Signatures to Senators Calling on Them to Pause Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett
COLUMBIA, SC— Today, the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network digitally released over 4,500 petition signatures to the offices of Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott calling on them to postpone the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court until after the inauguration. WREN is joined by partners from Able SC, the AFL-CIO, the ACLU of South Carolina, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, the Columbia National Organization for Women, the SC NAACP, the SC Progressive Network, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina. Earlier this month, this coalition of non-profits sent a letter to Senators Graham and Scott that emphasized the need for COVID-19 relief because 10% of South Carolinians report not having enough to eat and 34% are at risk of eviction or foreclosure.
“The Senate’s priorities have been wrong. We need to get the pandemic under control. People are still out of work, getting sick, and are struggling to make ends meet. And for months, the Senate stalled on passing another COVID-19 package, only to try to rush a Supreme Court nomination before a major election. These actions were wrong. If the Senate must do anything right now, it’s passing legislation to address the devastating effects of this pandemic and not rushing through a nominee who would take health care access away from us.” said Ann Warner, CEO of the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network.
On Thursday, Senator Graham broke committee rules and precedent to advance Barrett’s nomination. The full Senate is expected to vote on Monday.
“Over 4,500 South Carolinians have spoken: It’s time for Senators Graham and Scott to prioritize what matters most to South Carolinian families instead of pressing forward with this blatant attempt to usurp the legitimacy of the highest court in the land,” said Ann Warner.
The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network is a South Carolina-based network created to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls, and their families. WREN is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.