Ayyyeee…What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves the senate confirmation vote for a supreme Court judge.
Senators around 1:30 p.m. in a rare Sunday session, 51 to 48, to advance her nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The final confirmation vote for Barrett is expected Monday night, putting her in position for a first full day as a justice as early as Tuesday and as the court continues to hear election related legal challenges ahead of Nov. 3.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.Ky.) said on Sunday, praising Barrett as a “stellar nominee” in every respect. “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”
Democrats couldn’t stop her confirmation, have cast the process as a power grab by Republicans eager to rush the nomination days ahead of the election. They repeatedly warned that Barrett is a threat to health care for millions of Americans, abortion rights and gay rights.
Mike Pence said on Saturday night at a campaign rally in Tallahassee, shortly before the disclosure of the fresh covid-19 outbreak within his staff that “As vice president, I’m president of the Senate. And I’m going to be in the chair because I wouldn’t miss that vote for the world,”Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We’re going to fill that seat.”
Several steps of Barrett’s confirmation process have been tied to the pandemic. A September 26 Rose Garden event to announce her nomination to the Supreme Court has been noted as a superspreader event, as several attendees tested positive for the coronavirus in its immediate aftermath which included Trump, first lady Melania Trump and at least two Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, who were forced into quarantine until the start of Barrett’s confirmation hearings. Some senators participated in at least part of Barrett’s hearings remotely as they either recovered from the virus or had been exposed to people who were diagnosed.
Democrats have repeatedly tied the pandemic to their strategy to fight Barrett’s confirmation, which was a message centered on healthcare as she prepares to sit on the bench ahead of Nov. 10 oral arguments on the fate of the Affordable Care Act.
“You wonder why we’re coming to the floor with these speeches late on a Sunday afternoon?” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D.Ill.). Referring to people who have benefited from the 2010 healthcare law, adding: “Because these people asked us to. They asked us to come and stand up for them and say what they can’t say on the floor of the Senate. That’s why we’re here in the midst of a pandemic.”
Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who are two Republican senators voted with Democrats on Sunday to oppose Barrett’s nomination from advancing, although Murkowski plans to support the federal appeals court judge on the confirmation vote on Barrett’s merits.