Senate panel backs nominee questioned on her religion

Source: Associated Press

By KEVIN FREKING

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel narrowly backed one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees who was pressed by Democrats on whether her Roman Catholic faith would influence her legal judgment.

The questioning of Amy Coney Barrett at her confirmation hearing angered religious leaders, with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops saying the challenge to the Notre Dame professor was a painful reminder of a time when “anti-Catholic bigotry did distort our laws and civil order.”

On Thursday, the Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to recommend her nomination to the full Senate. If confirmed, she would serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

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