The Senate Judiciary Committee set a date to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett after three days of hearings.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham set October 22 as the date for the vote Thursday morning, despite pushback from Democrats, as Republicans are trying to confirm Barrett before the November 3 election. After the vote passes the committee, it can then be brought to the floor for a full vote in the Senate.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that Democrats will not “supply quorum” for votes in the Senate as a way to try and block the confirmation of Barrett before the election. Schumer went on to say that one way Democrats are considering blocking the confirmation is by not supplying quorum, meaning Democrats would not show up so work could not be done.
However, Democrats do not seem to be moving forward with that plan. (RELATED: Schumer Says Democrats Will Try To Block Barrett Confirmation By Not Giving Republicans Quorum)
“If we boycott the meeting today you know Senator Graham has indicated that he’ll just potentially vote it out of committee or change the rules or do whatever he wants to do,” Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who sits on the committee, said, according to The Hill. (RELATED: Senate Democrats Refuse To Say If They Want To Add More Seats To The Supreme Court)
“Boycotting a meeting is a tactic that could be used at some point but I don’t think today’s meeting is the one where it would be appropriate or effective to do it,” he continued.
Senators on the Judiciary Committee will spend Thursday questioning witnesses in two different panels.