Court Jesters! Democrats Boycott Judiciary Committee Vote on Amy Coney Barrett But Confirmation Still On Fast Track

Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting, Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, where the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, will have a committee vote. A vote by the full Senate could come next Monday, just a week before the election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

There are conflicting agendas at play regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The Republican leadership in the Senate wants it to happen quickly, the Democrats would prefer it never happened, or at the very least not so close to Election Day.

It seems to be still on the fast track though, because the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance Barrett’s nomination at it’s executive business meeting despite a boycott by the Democrats. The vote was 12-0, with no Democrats present. “That was their choice. It will be my choice to vote the nominee out of committee,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, (Rep-S.C)., said. “We are not going to allow them to take over the committee. They made a choice not to participate.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Dem-N.Y.) and his fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have claimed they made the move to not participate in response to the breakneck speed they feel the Republicans are moving to try to “jam through this nominee.”

There are rules of the committee that require at least two members of the minority party to be present for the committee to transact business, but Graham said Wednesday Barrett that would receive the vote regardless, which she did. “Under the committee rules, you need two members of the minority to conduct business,” Graham told Fox News. “But they’re intentionally denying us that participation. They’re boycotting the committee. So what I will do as chairman, there will be a majority of the committee present. We will waive that rule. We will report Judge Barrett out.”

Graham said the next step is for the vote on Barrett’s confirmation to go to the Senate floor, and he’s hoping by Monday or Tuesday of next week that she will be the newest member of the Supreme Court.

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