The Senate hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court are continuing this week, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised he expects to take up the nomination beginning Friday, October 23rd.
Once the confirmation hits the Senate, they will debate, conduce a procedural vote, engage in more debate and then have a final vote. Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans to state, so far, that they will not vote for a nominee prior to the election. At this point, no Democrats have signaled their support to confirm Barrett.
In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Mitch McConnell said, ”Judge Barrett exhibited every bit of the intellectual brilliance, legal expertise, and open-minded judicial temperament that we need on the Supreme Court. I will proudly vote to confirm her.” McConnell went on to say, ”even the Democratic senators who had pre-committed to oppose the nominee could not question her qualifications. Democrats just recited the same hysterical policy predictions they have recycled for every nominee from every Republican president for a half century.”
As the Senate moves to take up the nomination this week, a final vote for Barrett is expected to take place around October 27th, which is only one week before Election Day on November 3rd. If the Senate is able to move ahead as planned, Barrett may begin her lifetime appointment bench in time to hear the next round of Supreme Court cases beginning on November 2nd.