The Senate will hammer in a rare session on Saturday this afternoon to debate Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court – just days before voters decide whether Republicans will retain control of the Senate and of the White House.
Democrats, fiercely opposed to Barrett’s confirmation so close to the election, boycotted the Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday and Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., staged four delay tactics on Friday in the Senate, including by forcing a brief closed session.
Republicans, who hold power and hold the majority of the vote, brace for more Democratic protests throughout the weekend, but remain optimistic they have the 51 votes needed to confirm Barrett in a final vote on Monday.
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“The main reason we’re here is that Democrats can keep protesting,” Sen. John Thune, RS.D., told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Saturday. “We had a series of procedural votes yesterday. They are trying to do what they can to delay or block his appointment.”
Thune predicted Barrett would allow a procedural vote on Sunday afternoon and the final vote on Monday evening with GOP support.
“We’re getting ready for a vote tomorrow at 1 p.m. That’s what we call a closing vote. It’s a procedural vote. As long as we have every Republican here and available, we’ll win that and put that in place. a final vote on Judge Barrett’s appointment for Monday night, ”Thune said.
Republicans hold a majority of 53 Senate seats. Two Republican Senators – the senses. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – opposed Barrett’s nomination ahead of the election – leaving Republicans with a solid 51 ‘yes’. The margin is so tight that there is hardly any room for last minute absences or no-shows.
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In recognition of the slim majority, Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Released a statement Saturday morning to offer assurances that she will be available to confirm Barrett. Two of her staff had tested positive for the coronavirus, but Loeffler announced she had tested negative.
“Senator Loeffler is more energetic than ever to vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court judge on Monday before returning home and traveling to the state to meet hard-working Georgians,” the statement said.
Democrats have dismissed Barrett’s appointment as a “sham” process that has never been done so close to an election. Schumer has made it clear that Democrats will continue to fight with whatever delay tactics he has.
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Republicans “are leading the most partisan, hypocritical and least legitimate process in Supreme Court appointments history,” Schumer said Friday. “… We are not going to have business as usual.”