Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Vote Next Thursday
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a date and time to vote on the confirmation of Appellate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced on Thursday.
The vote will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., one week after Barrett’s nomination hearings conclude, Graham said in a statement.
“We have a panel from the American Bar Association,” Graham said. “We have an eight-person panel, four for, four against, chosen by the minority and majority. I will do whatever my colleagues want in terms of motions of being heard. I hate it for the panel, but I will let you decide what we do today. We’re going to vote on the judge on October the 22nd.”
Graham complained that Democrats were simply trying to delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump in the opposition to Barrett’s nomination.
“From that day forward, there has been an effort to say that election didn’t happen, it’s not legitimate, Donald Trump is not really the president,” Graham said. “As much as I was disappointed that Barack Obama beat John McCain, I accepted the outcome. I voted for his nominees. There is no way you’ll ever convince me that Amy Coney Barrett is not qualified using any reasonable standards of qualification.”
Graham also accused Democrats of trying to “destroy” Barrett.
“In August of this year, I was asked directly, what about a vacancy,” he said. “After Kavanaugh, everything’s changed for me. I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and watch one of our nominees be destroyed after showing respect for two Democratic nominees. That is not right and I am not going to do that.”
On the Democratic side, meanwhile, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has said that while she values “the search for information,” she and her caucus do not understand why Republicans are in such a hurry to get Barrett on the High Court.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has called the entire process a “sham” and political theater by Republicans so that they can gut the Affordable Care Act and rig the Court to favor Trump.
“I think it’s time, to be honest, about what’s going on here,” Klobuchar said. “You are just trying to ram through this justice against your own words, in light of everything this president has said, where he won’t even commit to a peaceful transition of power.”
One Barrett’s nomination clears the Committee, the full Senate will have the opportunity to debate and hold a final vote.
Trump nominated Barrett in September following the death of liberal titan Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Barrett, 48, has only been a judge for two years and would serve on the Court for life if she is confirmed, which is likely thanks to the slim Republican majority in the Senate.
This means that the Court would have a 6-3 conservative majority that could last for decades.
Democrats and progressives are fearful that the futures of civil rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, the fight against climate change, and universal access to health care are in danger of being reduced of not elimited entirely.