Amy Coney Barrett Clears Another Hurdle, Final Vote Monday, Conservative Majority on the Horizon
Amy Coney Barrett on track for confirmation tomorrow evening after Senate Republicans defeated a Democratic filibuster, 51-48, during a rare Sunday session just nine days before the election Collins and Murkowski both crossed party lines to sustain the filibuster. Murkowski expected to vote tomorrow to confirm the nominee. Democrat Vice President candidate, Kamala Harris, who has missed Senate votes since becoming the VP candidate in August, was not present for the Sunday procedural vote, instead, she was campaigning in Michigan.
Senator Roger Witcker of Mississippi wrote in reaction, “Today the Senate cleared a procedural hurdle to set up a final vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Looking forward to voting for this outstanding nominee.”
Caitlin Kim, a reporter wrote, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell actually turned around to address Republicans in the chamber for a bit, as he talked about Amy Coney Barrett’s qualifications,I don’t often see that in the chamber,” Kim said.
“McConnell says the Senate is doing the right thing in advancing the nomination. “We made an important contribution to the country.” Mentions the next election may undo some of what Republicans have done but, “they won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.” Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer rails on VP Pence for wanting to preside over the Senate tomorrow after 5 ppl close to him tested positive for COVID-19. “The Republican party is willing to ignore the pandemic to rush this nomination forward,” Kim said.
Twitter had the news trending, reporting:
“Senate Republicans vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s final Supreme Court confirmation a 51-48 vote, members of the Senate GOP voted “overwhelmingly” to end a Democratic filibuster on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation. The final confirmation will be held on Monday night.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
“Barrett’s confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans mostly united in support behind President Donald Trump’s pick. But Democrats were poised to keep the Senate in session into the night in attempts to stall, arguing that the Nov. 3 election winner should choose the nominee to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Republicans are excited by the chance to install a third Trump justice on the court, locking in a conservative majority for years to come. Barrett’s ascent opens up a potential new era of rulings on abortion, gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act. A case against the Obama-era health law scheduled to be heard Nov. 10.”
Craig Caplan, of CSPAN, wrote on Twitter,” Senate mostly along party lines voted to end a filibuster on Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination & limited debate to 30hrs prior to final vote. GOP Senators Collins (ME) & Murkowski (AK) joined Democrats in voting No. Harris who is campaigning today in MI did not vote.
Official Senate 51-48 tally to advance Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination to a confirmation floor vote.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is on the Vice Presidential campaign trail today in Michigan and did not vote in the Senate to advance Judge Barrett’s nomination, but opposes the Supreme Court nominee,”Caplan said.
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