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One of Joe Biden’s top picks for his cabinet defended unconstitutional restrictions on religion.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Supreme Court on Friday struck down unconstitutional coronavirus restrictions that Biden cabinet nominee Xavier Becerra defended as California attorney general.
Becerra, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, enforced California’s restrictions on economic and religious activity throughout the coronavirus pandemic and defended the ban on indoor in-person religious worship in the state.
The Supreme Court rejected these restrictions and sided with two California churches challenging California’s lockdown in a decision late last week. Senate Republicans said that Becerra’s enforcement of the COVID restrictions will be an issue during his confirmation.
“For nearly a year, we have seen state and local governments shut down houses of worship while they let bars, gyms and other indoor facilities operate,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said. “The Biden administration and HHS nominee Xavier Becerra should make clear they now understand this type of discrimination against houses of worship is clearly unconstitutional.”
Senators have said that Becerra needs to be held accountable for his role in lockdown measures.