Senate vote on Barrett confirmation will take place Monday, McConnell says

by Laura Mize · Oct 20th, 2020 4:09 pm

Last Updated Oct 21st, 2020 at 10:11 pm

The U.S. Senate will vote Monday, October 26, on whether to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced.

"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 Tuesday after the policy lunch for GOP members of the Senate.

Before the full Senate can vote, the Judiciary Committee must vote on whether to move the nominee forward for a vote. Currently, 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats comprise the committee. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), minority leader of the Senate, has threatened to prevent a quorum from being present for the committee vote. At least two members of the minority party, and at least nine members in total, must be present for a quorum of the committee, which is a prerequisite for voting on whether to move the nominee to the full Senate.

Schumer tried Monday to adjourn the Senate until after the presidential election, which would have shut the legislative body down altogether. The motion to adjourn did not go forward because Republicans stalled it.


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