Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that's on the minds of Democrats and Republicans preparing for this coming week's hearings with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
"Policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches", she said in the prepared remarks.
Her Senate confirmation hearing is set to start Monday.
Harris, Joe Biden's running mate in the presidential election, will again be in the spotlight as Democrats question a Trump nominee for the Supreme Court.
Democrats will likely scrutinize Barrett for her attitudes on abortion, especially after it was reported she omitted from a Senate questionnaire her involvement in anti-abortion politics. If she is confirmed to the court, there would be a 6-3 conservative majority that could potentially overturn the 1973 decision. Coney Barrett was already receiving deep criticism from pro-choice advocates, and her nomination process itself is happening under a cloud of protests and positive COVID19 tests from enough Senators who were present at Coney Barrett's nomination event in the Rose Garden on September 26th, which has been dubbed a superspreader event.
"Moving forward with the committee process when three Senators have recently tested positive for Covid-19 is irresponsible and risky, but doing so without requiring all members to be tested before a hearing in accordance with CDC best practices would be intentionally reckless", Schumer said in a statement.
In her opening remarks Monday, Barrett, a mother of seven, will speak extensively about her husband and children. The lawmakers insinuated Barrett omitted these talks on objective and only included them on her supplemental submission after reports of the talks were leaked to the media. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who is a member of the Judiciary Committee.
"I feel fantastically. I really feel good", Trump said on "Sunday Morning Futures", the latest in a string of phone interviews aired on Fox in recent days. "If Chairman Graham doesn't require testing, it may make some wonder if he just doesn't want to know the results".
"I think she's made that very clear in recent writings", he said.
Republicans will highlight Barrett's belief in sticking to the text of laws and the original meaning of constitutional provisions, both Scalia trademarks as well. But with the election so close, Democrats are wary of missteps that could hurt their bid to wrest back control of the White House and the Senate majority. Similar to Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Barrett has not directly said how she would rule in abortion-related cases.
The confirmation hearings come against a tumultuous backdrop: the final weeks of a bitterly fought presidential campaign, which has been roiled by President Trump's bout with the coronavirus and his claims that a COVID-19 outbreak that has killed more than 214,000 Americans will soon disappear.
Fearful of losing the high court for a generation, the left is demanding that Democrats resist Barrett's nomination with everything they have. Democrats, he said, are "so disconnected from their own country that they treat religious Americans like unusual animals in a menagerie".
"A vote for Judge Barrett is a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, " he said.
Her personal story also will be a frequent topic for Republicans asking questions.
Democrats telegraphed that they would tread very carefully on the subject of Barrett's faith.
"I call on you and every member of the Democratic caucus to publicly reject Sen". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked Barrett about the 1998 article on faith and the death penalty.
But Democrats call the religion discussion an attempt at a political trap that they have vowed to avoid.