Judiciary Committee to vote on Barrett nomination next Thursday

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 16th, 2020 10:46 am
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Last Updated Oct 19th, 2020 at 2:54 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for next week on the Supreme Court nomination for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

The committee will vote on the nomination on Thursday, October 22, at 1 p.m. The vote was originally on the committee's agenda on October 15, but was postponed after a senator requested it be delayed a week.

Any one senator can request the nomination be delayed.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) originally planned to bypass a committee rule that requires two members of the minority party to be present before a nomination is formally put through. Although Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was originally the only Democratic senator present, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) showed up mid-vote.

Democrats had said they did not plan to boycott Thursday's vote.

"If we boycott the meeting today you know Sen. Graham has indicated that he'll just potentially vote it out of committee or change the rules or do whatever he wants to do," Blumenthal said on Thursday. "Boycotting a meeting is a tactic that could be used at some point, but I don't think today's meeting is the one where it would be appropriate or effective to do it."

Whether they plan to boycott the upcoming vote is still undecided.

"I believe that this rushed, sham process is a disservice to our committee," Blumenthal said as he made his motion on Thursday. "The purpose of doing it is simply to have a justice on the Supreme Court as the president has said to decide the election and to strike down the Affordable Care Act."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that he plans to introduce Barrett's nomination for October 23, setting the final vote on her nomination for the week of October 26.


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