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Liberty students travel to D.C. for Supreme Court nominee hearing

March 22, 2017 : Liberty University News Service

Students stood outside the Hart Senate Office Building to show their support of Gorsuch.More than 90 Liberty University students traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to show their support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the second day of his Senate hearings.

Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization that strives to bring biblical principles into all levels of public policy, sponsored the trip and sent two buses filled with students.

“Liberty has always been gracious in supporting us with events like this,” CWA Communications Director Janae Stracke said. “We have a large chapter of Young Women For America, our college group, at Liberty. The students love getting involved.”

Stracke said the purpose of the trip was to show support for Gorsuch during his grueling days of hearings, but it also gave students a chance to be part of history.

“This is an incredible opportunity for students to witness the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice,” she said.

Students stood outside the Hart Senate Office Building holding signs that read “#ConfirmGorsuch” before the hearings began Tuesday morning. Then students made their way to the Dirksen Senate Office Building where they ate lunch and met with officials such as U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo.) and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). During lunch, they were able to watch the hearing live from a conference room in the Dirksen building. After lunch, students were treated to a private tour of the Capitol, where they also spoke with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Junior Joye Harrison said the experience left a significant impact on her, especially as a student majoring in politics and policy.

“To see so many students energetic about what’s going on in our Supreme Court is amazing,” Harrison said. “There we were standing for what we believe is right as believers.”

Junior Hannah Williams, a speech communication student who currently serves as the secretary for the Young Woman For America of Liberty University, said she was surprised to see how much support they received from bystanders.

“There were people waving and honking their horns when they saw us out there with our signs,” Williams said. “You don’t really think of Washington, D.C., as a big conservative city, but it was encouraging to see people supporting us.”

Liberty students were featured in this video below from Concerned Women For America.