On Fox, Cornyn Discusses Judge Barrett, Social Media Censoring, and Republicans’ Push for More COVID Relief
by John Cornyn on October 19, 2020 at 8:39 AM
Recently on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, I discussed the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Judiciary Committee’s response to recent accusations of social media censoring, and Republicans’ continued push for additional COVID-19 relief for Americans. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.
On Judge Barrett’s Nomination:
Judge Barrett was an outstanding witness and I think kind of blew everybody away with her intellect and her command of the subject matter, but also what a wonderful person she is, her character and her integrity, so I believe she will be confirmed here in the next week and a half or so, but it's clear my Democratic colleagues didn't want to talk about her. They wanted to talk about a hypothetical case that she might sit on in the future, and focus their fire on President Trump. So they spent their time doing that instead of asking her questions, but I think the questions we were able to ask her and the responses she gave demonstrated that she deserves to be confirmed, and I believe she will be.
On Accusations of Social Media Censoring:
It's clear that the social media platforms are no longer just neutral platforms, but definitely have a point of view, and it's very troubling… so the Judiciary Committee is issuing subpoenas to Twitter, Facebook, and the other platforms and we intend to get to the bottom of this because we can't have these platforms, which are essentially public forums now, censoring political speech, especially in the run-up to an election.
On Republicans’ Push for Additional COVID Relief:
We already passed $3.8 trillion worth of COVID-19 relief and I believe we do need to do some more. That's why I was disappointed when Senator Van Hollen and all Democrats voted to block another half trillion dollar bill on September the 10th. They just blocked it. Speaker Pelosi said, ‘nothing is better than something,’ which I think is the opposite of what most of us believe. A half a loaf is better than no loaf. But Senator McConnell is determined put the bill on the floor again next week and to see whether Democrats are serious or whether this is just politics.