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SCOTUS Hearing: Sen. Hawley blasts Dems for ‘religious bigotry’

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Senator Josh Hawley, R-MO, on Monday criticized his Democrat colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for arguing that the Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “too Catholic to be on the bench.”

“When you tell somebody that they’re too catholic to be on the bench, when you tell them they’re gonna be a catholic judge, not an American judge, that’s bigotry,” Hawley told his colleagues, citing Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which bans such religious tests. “The pattern and practice of bigotry from members of that from this committee must stop.”

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A number of Democrats on the Committee and members of the media have argued that Judge Barrett’s devotion to Catholicism will sway her judicial decisions if she’s confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Moreover, some have suggested Judge Barrett would position the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which allows women access to abortions.

That group of critics includes Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, who in 2017 grilled Brian C. Buescher, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, over his Catholic faith. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, another member of the Committee, joined Harris in that religious test at the time.

Judge Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 26 to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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