Warren, Murray

Executive Session (Duncan Nomination)

Senator Warren: (12:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "He sought to tilt the scales of justice against women, against LGBTQ Americans, against people of color and others. Mr. Duncan's record of supporting discrimination and injustice is quite lengthy, so I'll focus on just a few of the most disturbing examples. Let's start with his record on women's rights. Mr. Duncan has worked to make it harder for women to access contraceptive coverage and abortion services. He was the lead attorney to the arts and crafts company, hobby lobby, in the Supreme Court case Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. In that case, he argued that business owners should be allowed to refuse to provide female employees access to contraceptive care based on those employers' religious views."

 

Senator Murray: (12:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "A review of Mr. Duncan's record, his cases, his chosen causes, show he is a dangerous, ideological nominee who has consistently been on the wrong side of women's rights, LGBTQ rights and civil rights. Let's start with his record arguing against women's rights and reproductive freedom. When he served as lead counsel in the infamous Hobby Lobby case, he argued that an employer can interfere with a woman's personal health care choices. In Texas, he filed a brief in favor of abortion restrictions that would have shut down the vast majority of clinics in that state, restrictions the Supreme Court ultimately ruled an undue burden on women's constitutional right to safe, legal abortion."