On Thursday, October 22 the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to meet and vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court before taking it to the Senate floor. Republicans are expecting and preparing for more delays from Democrats. It’s customary for committee members to have about a week to think about the hearings and confirmation. The committee only needs a simple majority to move the nomination to the rest of the Senate.
Some are speculating that Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, will vote to confirm Judge Barrett after she praised Senator Lindsey Graham, Judiciary Committee Chairman, for how he conducted the hearings. She said, “This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in. It leaves one with a lot of hopes, a lot of questions and even some ideas perhaps of good bipartisan legislation we can put together.” At the conclusion of the hearings she even gave him a hug and was immediately met with hate from the left; many called for her to retire and were even more outraged because neither were wearing a mask during the brief embrace.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he is planning on moving the confirmation vote to the rest of the Senate on Friday. In order for that to happen, the McConnell has to take the Senate out of “legislative session” and move it onto “executive session”, from there Democrats can deploy delays to block the confirmation, granted it won’t be for long.
Senator Dick Durbin suggested the willingness that Democrats have to block the vote. Senator Richard Blumenthal proposed a motion that would “indefinitely delay” the confirmation of Judge Barrett. It was immediately met with disdain from senators, including some democrats, saying it was hypocritical; the motion failed. Democrats can do all they can to delay and postpone the confirmation, but they cannot stop the vote. The vote will happen, but that doesn’t mean she will be confirmed, but it’s more than likely that she will.
Sources: The Daily Wire, Washington Post; Photo-ABC13Houston