Mitch McConnell Promises “Full Steam Ahead” On SCOTUS Confirmation — First Senator Tests Positive
Senate Majority Leder Mitch McConnell says that he plans to keep going with the process to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, after Donald Trump’s diagnosis of COVID-19. Before his assurance, there had been speculation about whether Senate members would self-isolate for a period, since they’ve been in meetings with Donald Trump. Now, one Republican Senator says he has also tested positive.
Senator Mike Lee, of Utah, says that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and will isolate for ten days while he recovers. However, he says he has assured McConnell and Lindsey Graham that he’ll be back in time to vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) October 2, 2020
Like so many other Utahns, I will now spend part of 2020 working from home. I have spoken with Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham, and assured them I will be back to work in time to join my Judiciary COmmettee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett in the Committee and then to the full Senate.
Lee’s focus on getting Barrett confirmed before the election is consistent with McConnell’s statements Friday morning. According to Politico, he has promised that the Senate intends to continue “full steam ahead” with the confirmation process.
Mike Pence met with senators and Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday, but Trump reportedly has not met with the nominee since the Rose Garden ceremony in which he introduced her as his SCOTUS pick. She tested negative for the virus Friday morning.