WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Thursday.
Democrats tried to slow down the process during the fourth day of Barrett’s confirmation hearing. Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal called it a rushed process that is a sham.
Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar said the winner of next month’s presidential election should select the next Supreme Court justice. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham defended the process and called Barrett highly qualified.
The reality for Democrats is that they do not have the votes in the Republican-led Senate to block Barrett’s confirmation. Republicans aim to get it done before the election on November 3rd.
President Trump nominated the conservative Barrett to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a little more than a week after Ginsburg died. Barrett is a federal appeals court judge from Indiana.
Democrats have accused Republicans of blatant hypocrisy since they prevented President Obama from filling a Supreme Court vacancy in 2016. Republicans argued that it should not happen during a presidential election year.