Senate Sets Timeline for Confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court
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What’s happening in Congress?
- The Senate is debating Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court over the weekend and is expected to hold a confirmation vote as early as Monday night.
- The confirmation vote on Barrett’s nomination will likely be the last congressional activity until after Election Day, as the House is continuing its pre-election recess.
- The Senate convened Saturday to continue debate on a procedural motion that was filed on Barrett’s nomination Friday. Known as the cloture motion, or the legislative filibuster, the motion must spend an intervening day “ripening,” so by filing the motion Friday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set up a Sunday vote to invoke cloture and limit further debate to 30 hours.
- A simple majority is required for the motion to succeed, which would set up a confirmation vote Monday night.
- Republicans hold a 53 seat majority in the Senate and have the votes to confirm Barrett because only two GOP senators have expressed concerns about the nomination, specifically its proximity to the election, and only one may vote against her confirmation.
- Democrats are expected to force procedural votes on motions to delay consideration of the nomination and adjourn the Senate, as they did last week, but Republicans are expected to continue to defeat those motions as they are made.
- The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and how it applies to big tech companies, featuring testimony from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
- The House is on recess and isn’t slated to return for votes until Monday, November 16th. Lawmakers may be recalled for votes with at least 24 hours of notice.
Check below throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
- No votes were held.
Sunday after 12pm
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Invoked 51-48.
- Motion to table the Schumer motion to adjourn Agreed to 53-43.
- Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Confirmed 52-48.
- Additional procedural votes are possible.
- No votes are expected. Members could be recalled with at least 24 hours of notice.
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