Democrats said on Wednesday they will boycott a U.S. Senate judiciary committee vote scheduled for Thursday on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, calling the confirmation process “a sham.”
The committee has 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Its Republican chair, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has signalled that even with Democrats boycotting, he will be able to move the nomination forward, according to a panel spokesperson. The panel’s expected approval of Barrett would pave the way for a confirmation vote on the Senate floor planned by Republicans for Monday.
Democrats have fiercely opposed Barrett, a federal appeals court judge whose confirmation by the Republican-led Senate would expand the top U.S. judicial body’s conservative majority to 6-3.
“This has been a sham process from the beginning,” top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and the committee’s Democratic members said in a joint statement.
“Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court justice to take away health care from millions and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they’ve been unable to get through Congress.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has made confirmation of Trump’s conservative judicial appointees a high priority, has been working to get Barrett confirmed to the lifetime post before the election on Nov. 3, as the Republican president has requested. Republicans hold a 53-47 Senate majority.
Published at Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:16:19 +0000