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Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday

October 20, 2020 by Dan McCue
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

McConnell has repeatedly said Barrett has clearly demonstrated she’s the kind of jurist “the American people deserve” on the high court.

He said the process of confirmation by the full senate will begin as soon as the Senate Judiciary Committee completes its vote on her nomination on Thursday

With a 53-47 Republican majority, and just two GOP senators on the record as opposed, Barrett now appears certain to be elevated to the High Court.

“The Republican majority is running the most hypocritical, most partisan and least legitimate process in the history of Supreme Court confirmations,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said during a speech on the Senate floor.

Democrats, meanwhile, with little to no power to stop the confirmation, are reportedly working hard to find two more GOP senators willing to break ranks and sink her nomination.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to meet Thursday to vote on recommending Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate.

By Friday, procedural votes are expected, continuing over the weekend as Republicans push through the steps for a final vote to confirm Barrett as early as Monday.

President Donald Trump has said he wants the judge seated in time to hear any potential disputes from the Nov. 3 election.

He also has said he’s looking for a judge who would rule against the Obama-era health care law, which is headed to the court in a case justices are expected to hear Nov. 10.

If confirmed, Barrett would be Trump’s third justice on the court. She would fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg last month.

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