Washington: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday scheduled an Oct. 22 vote on approving Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court even as Democrats made procedural objections and said the rush to confirm the nominee was unprecedented.
As the hearing unfolded in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly said in Kentucky that the Senate had the votes to confirm Barrett to the high court, essentially assuring that the efforts by Democrats to delay her confirmation will be unsuccessful.
That time frame would allow her to be seated ahead of the Nov. 3 election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.
The developments came after Barrett faced two days of intense but civil marathon questioning by senators on the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday. She parried tough questions from persistent Democrats on how she will rule on contentious matters such as Roe vs Wade, Obamacare, same sex marriage.
Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court will give the nine-member panel its sixth Republican appointee and its third Trump pick, shifting the balance of the court further in favor of Republicans. The 48-year-old federal appeals court judge could sit on the bench for decades.