Republican legislators on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee overcame the Democratic boycott to move forward with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
According to The Associated Press (AP), Democratic senators refused to come to the vote in protest of the Republican Party’s rush to install President Trump’s candidate to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee hoped to boycott the vote on the nomination of Barrett to the Supreme Court, which was scheduled for Thursday.
On Wednesday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the planned boycott. Democrats claimed that with Barrett’s confirmation, Obama’s Low Cost Health Care Act was in jeopardy.
“We should not be moving forward on this nomination,” Schumer said, forcing a vote to institute a recess in the Senate to continue the confirmation process after the Nov. 3 election, but it failed.
However, according to Real Clear Politics, the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee has the ability to change the rules for Barrett’s recommendation to the Supreme Court, making it more likely that Barrett’s nomination will be confirmed.
By next weekend, a special session is expected to help confirm Barrett’s nomination by Monday, Oct. 26, AP indicated.
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), “We will be voting to confirm Justice-to-be Barrett next Monday and I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in a quaint notion that the job of a judge is to actually follow the law,” Breitbart News reported.
McConnell expedited Barrett’s confirmation after the death of Ginsburg last month. Barrett could take the seat on the high court if her nomination is approved the same Monday.
With a 53-47 majority in the Senate, Republicans will likely end up confirming President Trump’s nomination of the judge to the Supreme Court.
While the boycott of today’s scheduled hearing did not stop the process, it was intended to pressure Republicans on the panel to change the rules to keep the confirmation in process, according to Real Clear Politics.
According to the committee’s rules, at least two members of the minority party had to be present to constitute a quorum for negotiations.
An eventual confirmation of the 48-year-old judge, known for her conservative thinking, could lead to a period of rulings against issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion.