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Penny Nance joins McConnell, Senate Republicans & Religious Liberty Groups for Press Conference TODAY

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, October 30, 2017, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, joins Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), other Republican Senators and religious liberty groups to hold a press conference regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Who: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator James Lankford (R-OK) join Penny Young Nance (Concerned Women for America), Professor Mark Rienzi (Becket Fund for Religious Liberty), and Joshua McCaig (Catholic Bar Association)

What: Press Conference

When: TODAY, Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET

Where: LBJ Room (S-211), The Capitol

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America had this to say:

“I’d like to thank Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman Chuck Grassley for their leadership in following through on the American people’s eagerness for constitutionalist judges who respect and embrace their role as judges and not legislators.

“Let me also say, “Thank you,” to all the senators standing here today in support of Professor Amy Coney Barrett. In standing for her, you stand for women of faith who are routinely mocked and derided for our beliefs.

“As the CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, I am honored support Professor Barrett as a more-than-qualified candidate for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Professor Barrett is unquestionably qualified for this appointment. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Rhodes College and summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School. She has held distinguished clerkships at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and later for Justice Scalia at the Supreme Court. Later, she became an accomplished attorney in private practice and a celebrated law professor. No one questions her professional and academic credentials.

“I was disappointed to see in her confirmation hearing the inappropriate questioning of her faith. This Christian “dogma” that a few find appalling embodies the best of humanity. It calls us to love others as we do ourselves, to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and attend to the widow and orphan and those in prison. It teaches us to be truthful, honorable, and content. It teaches us to respect governmental authorities and, yes, it teaches judges to be impartial and to love justice.

“These character traits should be celebrated in any judicial nominee – religious or not.  For any senator who chooses to vote against Professor Barrett based on her religious beliefs, I would suggest that you can do that, but it says more about your fitness for office than it does hers.

“Democrats should support Prof. Barrett and confirm her with their most sincere apologies. Thank you.”