Senate panel to vote on Pres. Trump’s SCOTUS nominee this week
UPDATED 4:32 PM PT – Monday, October 19, 2020
Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on the fast-track to be confirmed by the Senate before election day.
Fresh off hours-long confirmation hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee will now vote to approve President Trump’s pick to serve on the nation’s highest court.
“I’m not willing to make a deal, not with the committee, not with the President, not with anyone,” said Barrett. “I’m independent.”
The 22 member senate panel of 12 republicans and 10 democrats will hold the vote on Thursday. With the Committee needing a simple majority vote to advance it to the Senate floor, it is likely to pass on a 12 to 10 party line vote.
Democrat senators have suggested they won’t help the republicans meet the simple majority requirement but as long as all 12 republicans are present for the vote, it can be done without them. This means Barrett’s confirmation is on track to head to the Senate floor.
“The senate has a job to do, after they discharge their duty to advise,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “I will make you a prediction: Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”
After the panel’s vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to move quickly to take up the procedural steps to set up a full senate vote.
While it is unclear exactly what day that will take place, it will likely happen in the later part of next week, just days before election day.