The Senate is set to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett.to the U.S. Supreme Court, She is shown here during her confirmation hearings./The Wall Street Journal
By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic
Arizona’s Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will vote no on President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
The senator’s announcement Sunday came as the Senate debated Barrett’s nomination. A confirmation vote is expected Monday.
Sinema, a moderate Democrat, met with the nominee Friday but had not said how she intended on voting for Barrett, whose confirmation Republicans accelerated ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
“It is the duty of all federal judges to consistently apply the Constitution and laws to protect the fundamental rights of all Americans,” Sinema said in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday. “After watching the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, reading Judge Barrett’s legal opinions and scholarly writings, and speaking with her directly, I am concerned bout Judge Barrett’s inconsistent views on legal precedent, and how those inconsistencies impact her obligation to interpret and uphold the rule of law.”