Amy Coney Barrett nomination live updates: Judiciary Committee to vote on Trump’s choice for Supreme Court
Republicans are pressing ahead with swift confirmation of Barrett, who was nominated by Trump on Sept. 26, eight days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was Ginsburg’s dying wish that the next president fill the vacancy in January. The full Senate is poised to vote on Monday.
Democrats are boycotting the committee session in protest. They have lashed out at Republicans, calling them hypocrites for refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, in 2016 for eights months before the election, yet fast-tracking Barrett and voting to confirm her within days of the election.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) says Barrett is a highly qualified nominee who deserves an up-or-down vote. Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, have the votes to confirm her.