Republicans consider final vote to confirm judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney Barrett Fauci says he was’ absolutely not ‘surprised Trump caught coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Buttigieg says it’s time to’ “ turning the page ” on the Trump administration MORE at the Supreme Court on Monday October 26, about a week before the elections.
Senators and GOP aides have stressed that the timetable is not on lock – Democrats’ cooperation, for example, could speed things up – but they are planning a rare weekend session that would hold a final vote early in this month. next week.
Under the current plan, Barrett’s appointment is expected to be rejected by the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, allowing the Senate majority leader Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Push to expand Supreme Court over Democratic buzzsaw Schumer calls McConnell’s planned coronavirus stimulus vote a ‘rant’ Pelosi gives White House 48 hours for deal recovery of the coronavirus PLUS (R-Ky.) To start lining up procedural hurdles Friday.
“I look forward to the Judiciary Committee’s vote on Thursday. The entire Senate will look to the appointment of Judge Barrett as soon as she leaves the committee,” McConnell said from the Senate, indicating he would act quickly once she leaves the committee. Barrett’s appointment will be out of committee.
Under Senate rules, that would allow a procedural vote on Barrett’s nomination as early as Sunday.
Leading GOP senators said on Monday that they anticipate they will need to be in session Sunday to hold a vote to end the debate over Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Barrett would need a simple majority to overcome the hurdle.
“I hear it’s likely,” Sen said. John cornynJohn CornynCornyn: Relationships with Trump as ‘Women Who Get Married and Think They’re Going to Change Spouses’ Suburban changes threaten to hold GOP over as Texas Republicans increasingly seek to move away from Trump MORE (R-Texas) on the possibility of a Sunday session to hold a first vote on Barrett’s nomination.
When asked if he expected the Senate to sit on Sunday, the Senator. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneBiden owes us response on government efforts to ‘correct’ social media prejudice and overlook destruction of our McConnell speech: coronavirus relief deal unlikely before election MORE (RS.D.) added that it was “very possible”.
Two sources noted that Sunday’s vote could possibly take place around 1 p.m. Republicans expect Democrats to consider using any procedural option to slow Barrett’s nomination and erase the Senate.
After Sunday’s vote, Barrett’s nomination would still face another 30 hours of debate. This would allow a final vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court as early as October 26.
Republicans appear confident they will have the votes to put Barrett to court, setting a new record for the closest to a presidential election a Supreme Court candidate has been confirmed. Although other judicial candidates were confirmed in fewer days, they were further away from election day.
Because Republicans hold 53 seats, Barrett could lose three GOP senators and be further confirmed by letting Vice President Pence break a tie. If Pence is needed, it will be the first time a vice president has to weigh in on a Senate Supreme Court confirmation vote.
Only GOP Sen. Susan collinsSusan Margaret Collins Push to Expand Supreme Court amid Democratic buzzsaw Collins PAC has donated hundreds of dollars to two candidates who back QAnon Republicans increasingly seek to walk away from Trump MORE (Maine) said she would oppose Barrett because she doesn’t think a candidate should be considered before the election. Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiClimate Change – Trump’s Golden Opportunity The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump combative, Biden seriously in televised duel Romney says he will vote to place Barrett in Supreme Court MORE (R-Alaska) said she didn’t think a candidate should be chosen, but didn’t say how she would vote on Barrett’s nomination.
Democrats admit that in the absence of additional GOP Senators speaking out against Barrett – which they say is unlikely – they are largely powerless to stop Republicans from bringing her to justice.
Barrett was nominated by President TrumpDonald John Trump Police say a man hanging from Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci said he was “ absolutely not ” surprised Trump contracted coronavirus after the Rose Garden event Biden: Trump ‘keeps lying to us’ about coronavirus MORE September 26 to succeed the late judge Ruth bader ginsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg Fauci says he was ‘absolutely not’ surprised Trump caught coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us package response court PLUS.
Barrett, if upheld, is expected to lock in a Conservative 6-3 majority in the Supreme Court for decades. An analysis of the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog found that a third judge on Trump’s Supreme Court would make it the most conservative court since 1950.
Democrats are under pressure to use any procedural leverage they have to slow down or throw sand into the GOP plan to quickly confirm Barrett. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to get Barrett to court so she can participate in a Nov. 10 case that is expected to determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats have also urged her to recuse herself from any cases involving the Nov. 3 election, which she has so far refused to do.
Minority Leader in the Senate Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOcasio-Cortez, Progressives Call on Senate Not to Confirm Lobbyists or Executives in Future Administration Positions 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are roughly the same: Constitutionalist Justices Pelosi and Trump pass a full year without talking MORE (DN.Y.) tried unsuccessfully on Monday to adjourn the Senate until Nov. 9, but Republicans blocked the effort.
“This is the most rushed, partisan and least legitimate Supreme Court appointment process in our country’s history … and it should not continue,” said Schumer.