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BOSTON (CBS) – The sounds of a drill on her roof is music to the ears of Susan Barnes. The Oxford woman has been waiting months to have her solar panels reinstalled after having her roof replaced. “It’s such a relief to have this work finally done,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

It all started in February when she had a new metal roof installed on her ranch-style home.

“It [has] a lifetime warranty and I never have to do it again, and it’s beautiful,” she said.

Barnes paid Vivint Solar $499 to remove her existing solar panels and reinstall them when the job was finished. But it turns out the mounting brackets installed by the roofing company from the old system were not compatible with a metal roof. She spent six months on the phone, and even went to the Vivint offices in Shrewsbury, trying to work something out.

In the meantime, Barnes says she ways paying Vivint for the energy the panels would have generated had they been on the roof. “It makes me feel like they are holding me hostage,” she said. “And we are still paying the big National Grid bills because we are not getting the credits.”

Frustrated, Barnes reached out to the I-Team’s Call for Action and we reached out to Vivint. The company responded immediately saying, in part, “… the issues Ms. Barnes encountered are extremely rare and were unfortunately exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing everything we can to quickly correct the situation and resolve this matter.”

About two weeks later, a crew reinstalled her solar solar system. “They are giving us credit back for all the money they charged us while we didn’t have the solar panels on, and they are refunding all of our electric bills since February which is almost $1,000,” Barnes said.

“Thank you so much CBS, Ch. 4. I Didn’t know where to turn and you certainly got results for me,” she said.

Vivint also covered the cost of the new mounting brackets and refunded the $499 re-installation fee.

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‘Nothing Is Off The Table’: Democrat Senators Threaten Action If Republicans Vote For New Supreme Court Justice

Democrat senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), on Saturday threatened that “nothing is off the table” if Republicans hold a vote on a new Supreme Court Justice before the election.

CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that Schumer told Democrats on a call: “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table.”

Twenty minutes later, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) made the same threat, tweeting, “If Republicans recklessly & reprehensibly force a SCOTUS vote before the election—nothing is off the table.”

The threat leaves open the possibility of packing the Supreme Court, an idea many Democratic presidential candidates said they were at least open to. Left-wing media outlets have also published numerous articles suggesting that’s exactly how Democrats should respond if Republicans install a new Supreme Court Justice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, however, previously said he was not open to court packing.

The fact that Democrats and their media supporters are so open to court packing shows they only care about the judicial body if it is on their side, tweeted National Review editor Rich Lowry.

“That the Left has taken up court-packing so readily shows how it never really took the court seriously as a court—instead it has thought of it primarily as a quasi-legislative body useful to the extent it enshrines its policy goals,” Lowry tweeted Saturday night.

Democrats are still sore over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) 2016 refusal to hold a vote on then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. McConnell argued at the time that since the 2016 election would install a new president – either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – the “American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” adding that “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

At the time, Democrats controlled the White House and Republicans controlled the Senate following multiple elections where Democrats lost majorities during Obama’s terms. In 2020, Republicans control the White House and the Senate, making the two situations distinct. Obama exercised his right to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice, and Republicans in the Senate exercised their right not to hold a vote. Obama had no right to get his nominee appointed just because he was nominated.

In 2016, when Obama nominated a left-leaning judge, Ginsburg herself argued the Senate should hold a vote on the nominee, saying: “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year.” She also said during this same interview that “Eight is not a good number,” referring to the remaining number of Supreme Court justices.

Following Ginsburg’s death, McConnell released a statement explaining the differences between the two years.

“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year,” McConnell said.

“By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promises,” McConnell added. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

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