Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the upper chamber of Congress will vote next Monday, Oct. 26, to approve President Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court.
It is expected that the Judiciary Committee will vote her out of committee at 1 p.m. on Thursday, as is customary for the committee to delay the appointment of a candidate to the Supreme Court for a week.
Last week, Amy Coney Barrett faced three days of questioning from senators on the Judiciary Committee.
“We will be voting to confirm Justice-to-be Barrett next Monday and I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in a quaint notion that the job of a judge is to actually follow the law,” McConnell said during a news conference following the weekly GOP Senate lunch.
Republicans were encouraged to charge Barrett ‘s nomination in the run-up to the November election in the midst of Political uproar and attempts to pack the court.
Chuck Schumer attempted to close down the Senate
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to shut the Senate until after the presidential election in protest of Barrett ‘s nomination on Monday. The Republicans stalled his motion to postpone.
“This is the most rushed… most partisan, least legitimate Supreme Court nomination process in our nation’s history — in our nation’s entire history — and it should not proceed. Therefore, I will move to adjourn the Senate until after Nov. 3 election, with the ability to come back into session if there is a bipartisan agreement on a COVID relief package,” Schumer said.
Schumer has also invoked the rarely-used “two-hour rule,” which governs when committees can meet when the Senate is in session, at one point preventing the Senate Intelligence Committee from meeting in what McConnell called a “temper tantrum.”
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated that she has the deep legal expertise, dispassionate judicial temperament, and sheer intellectual horsepower that the American people deserve to have on their Supreme Court,” McConnell said Monday. “I look forward to the Judiciary Committee’s vote on Thursday. The full Senate will turn to Judge Barrett’s nomination as soon as it comes out of committee. I’ll be proud to vote to confirm this exceptional jurist.”
As the Judiciary Committee is expected to vote to carry Barrett ‘s appointment before the full Senate, Schumer has threatened not to send a quorum. Nine members of the body, at least two members of the minority party, must be present to conduct business in the body.
Republicans, who hold a 53–47 majority in the Senate, are still believed to have enough votes to confirm Barrett to the nation’s highest court. Three Republicans can vote against Amy Coney Barrett or abstain, and Vice President Mike Pence would still hold the tie-breaking vote.
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated that she has the deep legal expertise, dispassionate judicial temperament, and sheer intellectual horsepower that the American people deserve to have on their Supreme Court,” McConnell said on Oct. 19, in the midst of Schumer’s maneuvers.
“I look forward to the Judiciary Committee’s vote on Thursday. The full Senate will turn to Judge Barrett’s nomination as soon as it comes out of committee. I’ll be proud to vote to confirm this exceptional jurist.”
Amy Coney Barrett was announced as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in mid-September. Trump has successfully nominated two other Supreme Court justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
51 percent want Amy Coney Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll
A new Gallup poll released Tuesday finds that 51 percent want to see Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The Gallup poll also found that 46 percent of adults oppose Barrett’s confirmation, while 3 percent do not have an opinion on her filling the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month.
The survey was conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, beginning four days after President Trump officially nominated the conservative appeals court judge and ending on the same day Senate Judiciary Committee hearings concluded.
According to Gallup, the percentage of respondents with no opinion on Barrett filling the seat is much lower than for prior nominees, with an average of 25 percent of those surveyed in the past generally having no particular leaning for or against the Supreme Court picks immediately after the president’s nomination.