The Senate will enter on Monday next week and then stay next weekend to complete Barrett’s nomination. The Barrett Committee’s vote is already 1pm next Thursday. Without democratic cooperation, which is unlikely, this means that Barrett is likely to be confirmed on October 26.
But first, McConnell will introduce a coronavirus aid bill that Democrats expect to reject. Democrats have not yet made an explicit commitment to block it.
McConnell described it as a $ 500 billion package that provided more money for the Wage Protection Program, hospitals and schools.
President Donald Trump has called on Congress to become “big” and his administration’s lengthy talks with President Nancy Pelosi (D-California) continue. McConnell rejected Pelosi’s demands as a “$ 2.5 trillion interception bag” and when asked about Trump’s hopes for a bigger package, he replied: “I’m putting on the floor what we think is appropriate to deal with the disease.”
A few minutes later, on Fox Business, Trump said he would “go higher” than the $ 1.8 trillion proposal his administration made to Democrats.
The intra-party disagreement over the incentives came amid a fierce party battle in the Senate Justice Committee. Democrats objected to Republicans moving forward with Barrett before she could answer questions about the protocol and while the Senate was adjourned. Democrats also added that under committee rules, Republicans do not have enough members of the minority to move forward.
“This fast, false process is a disservice to our committee … in a way that is historically unprecedented,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “The purpose of this is simply to have justice in the Supreme Court, as the president said to decide the election and repeal the Affordable Care Act.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C) said Democrats would do the same if they were in power, and went ahead with the vote.
“I understand what will happen, we will be denied the opportunity to work normally, that Senator Sumer said everything is on the table,” Graham said. “If we create this problem in the future, you will do what I will do, what is ahead in the work of the Committee.”
Blumenthal entered the room in part and voted not to move forward with Barrett’s nomination. Blumenthal then proposed an indefinite delay in his nomination.
The vote in the Judiciary Committee comes after three days of hearings in which Democrats tried to fix Barrett on Obamacare, abortion rights and other issues – questions she largely refused to answer, citing the so-called “rule of law”. Ginsberg ”to avoid providing details as a rule. But Democrats say she is evasive.
“I would be afraid to ask her about the presence of gravity on Earth,” said Senate minority whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “She may refuse to answer because she may appear in case.”
Senate Republicans praised Barrett widely for her performance, and Graham praised Barrett’s qualifications, saying she was the type of nominee the Republican president should choose.
“Ultimately, with Judge Barrett as Sotomayor and Kagan, she’s a man the Republican would choose,” Graham said. “Republicans usually look at people with character like Judge Barrett. Democrats usually look at people … It’s not hard to understand.”