Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination Thursday
Should the Senate Judiciary Committee advance Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination?
by Causes | 10.21.20
What’s the story?
- The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday on advancing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor ahead of an expected confirmation vote on Monday, October 26th.
- In his announcement of the committee’s vote, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of Barrett that, “I have had an opportunity to witness several people apply for the job of Supreme Court Justice. I have never met a more amazing person in my life than Judge Barrett.” He added:
“There is a seat waiting for Judge Barrett on the Court, and God-willing she will be voted out of committee and confirmed swiftly.”
- Senate Democrats haven’t indicated whether they will attempt to deny a quorum for votes on the nomination in the committee or on the floor, but Republicans have said they will respond in a way that allows it to proceed if that transpires.
What happens after the committee vote?
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday provided an update on Judge Barrett’s confirmation timeline:
“We’ll be voting to confirm Justice-to be Barrett next Monday, and I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the federal courts men and women who believe in the quaint notion that the job of a judge is to follow the law.”
- Under McConnell’s timeline, after the committee’s vote on Thursday he will file a cloture motion on Barrett’s nomination on Friday. The motion will have to “ripen” for an intervening day before it can receive a vote, so in this case the intervening day is Saturday.
- At a time to-be-announced on Sunday, the Senate will vote to “invoke” the cloture motion and limit further debate on Judge Barrett’s nomination to 30 hours. It only takes a simple majority to invoke cloture on nominations, and there are at least 51 votes among Senate Republicans in favor of Barrett’s nomination.
- The timing of Judge Barrett’s confirmation vote on Monday will depend on the timing of Sunday’s procedural vote, but will likely occur in the late afternoon or evening.
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