Nomination vote scheduled for next week

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that it has scheduled the vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for next week ( This comes just days after the committee began hearings earlier this week. Judge Barrett’s nomination is expected to be confirmed by the Senate without much issue because Republicans hold a 53-47 majority, with Vice President Pence as backup in case a tie breaker is needed.

Regardless, some Democrats are trying their best to delay what many have accepted as the inevitable. Several have taken time to make lengthy speeches, condemning the hearings, but not much can be done as long as they are in the minority. Democrats have been critical of Senate Republicans and President Trump for expediting the confirmation process so they can complete it before the election. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said, "I believe that this rush, sham process is a disservice to our committee," Blumenthal said. "There has never been a nomination in an election year after the month of July." While this is technically true, there have been nominations that have been confirmed in a shorter span of time.

While frustrated, Sen. Blumenthal conceded, "If we boycott the meeting today you know Sen. Graham has indicated that he'll just potentially vote it out of committee or change the rules or do whatever he wants to do." Other Democratic Senators have echoed similar sentiments. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said, "I recognize, Mr. Chairman, that this goose is pretty much cooked.”

Assuming Judge Barrett is confirmed, we will have to wait until after the election to see the long term effects. If President Trump is reelected then we could see major challenges to issues such as the Affordable Care Act or potentially even Roe v. Wade. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have either denied or refused to comment as to how they would handle the Supreme Court if elected, and have instead reiterated that they disagree with the nomination altogether.

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