Barrett tests negative for COVID, McConnell says "full steam ahead" with confirmation hearings

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Oct 3rd, 2020 12:42 pm

Last Updated Oct 4th, 2020 at 1:22 pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that it's "full steam ahead" with the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who recently tested negative for coronavirus.

Barrett's hearings are scheduled for October 12. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham expects to hold a committee vote on October 22.

"It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president's infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease," Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Diane Feinstein said in a joint statement.

Some U.S. Senators recently tested positive for coronavirus, including Mike Lee and Thom Tillis.

"I have spoken with Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham, and assured them I will be back to work in time to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination," Lee said.


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