Sen. Cassidy: High Court Will ‘Swat’ Away Texas Abortion Law When It’s Before Them

The Supreme Court will “swat” away a Texas abortion bill “when it comes to them in an appropriate manner,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., predicted Sunday.

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Cassidy, who is a doctor, said the furor over the high court letting the restrictive abortion bill stand is Democrats trying to “gin up their base to distract from Afghanistan, maybe for fundraising appeals.”

“I think the Supreme Court will swat it away once it comes to them in an appropriate manner,” he said. “If it’s as terrible as people say, it will be taken away by the Supreme Court. I think the president is doing this to distract from his other issues.”

According to Cassidy, the high court’s refusal to stop the Texas bill from taking effect was “about standing, nothing else.”

Cassidy also urged passage by the House of the hard infrastructure bill later this month, saying it’s needed now more than ever in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida’s devastation in his state — and blasted promises that electricity would be restored in the state by Sept. 29 as “cold comfort.”

“Folks say Republicans are opposing [infrastructure] for whatever reason,” he said. “Go down to where people won’t have electricity back until Sept. 29 and tell them you’ll vote against a bill that hardens our grid, which has flood mitigation, which will build levees and protect Louisiana, go to those parishes and tell them the reason you have to vote no.”

“We need gasoline and electricity and we need housing,” he added. “Then we need to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. On the other hand telling people it gets better when they’re told they won’t have electricity until Sept. 29 is cold comfort….we need gasoline so people can run their generators. When that happens, folks will feel a little better.”

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