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The Senate voted to confirm Amy Connie Barrett to the Supreme Court just about a week before the general election and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to replace the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
While Senate Democrats have tried to slow the process of confirming the third Trump Supreme Court nominee with various procedural maneuvers, the fact that Republicans control the Senate has always meant that Barrett’s confirmation has been almost promised.
“The Senate is doing the right thing. We are moving this nomination forward and colleagues, we will have a new member of the United States Supreme Court by tomorrow night,” said Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky. Sunday.
Democrats opposed the progress of Barrett’s nomination so close to election day after the Republican-led Senate refused to hold hearings on then-Obama nominee Merrick Garland nearly eight months before this year’s election.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., described the nomination process as a “cynical capture.”
“Almost every Republican in this House, led by the majority leader four years ago, refused to even consider the Supreme Court’s nomination for president of the Democrats on the grounds … that we have to wait until after the presidential election because the American people deserve a vote. of their next justice, “he said Sunday.
“My colleagues, there is no escaping this blatant hypocrisy. As I have said before, no tit for the twisted, distorted version of history will erase the stain that will exist forever with this Republican majority and this Republican leader.”
Barrett’s nomination removed a procedural hurdle Sunday afternoon when the Senate voted to end the nomination debate, days after Democrats on the Senate Justice Committee boycotted the vote to nominate Barrett.
The only Republicans to vote against the closure on Sunday were Saint-Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
On Saturday, Murkowski made a statement of intent, saying he plans to vote against moving the nomination forward procedurally, but will vote to confirm Barrett on Monday.
“Although I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not object to it as a person who has moved around with a glove of grace, skill and humility,” she said.
Senator Collins is facing a tough re-election battle and said after Judge Ginsberg’s death in September that whoever won the presidential election should fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court.
The 48-year-old judge’s confirmation confirms the court’s conservative majority, potentially shaping the future of abortion rights and the health care law for generations.
During a pre-election event in Tallahassee on Saturday, Vice President Pence said he wanted to return to Capitol Hill in time for Monday’s vote.
“As vice president, I’m the president of the Senate,” Pence said. “And I will be in the chair, because I would not miss this vote for the world.”
After all, he did not attend the vote in person. His presence would be purely symbolic anyway, as Pence was not expected to need to vote promisingly.
Democrats opposed Pence’s plan in light of recent positive coronavirus tests on two of Pence’s top officials and have similar concerns about their fellow senator, Lefler, R-Ga, who was tested for coronavirus by two of its staff .
A Loeffler spokesman said Saturday that the senator had tested negative for coronavirus on Friday.