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44News Exclusive: McConnell confident Senate's SCOTUS Confirmation Vote will happen Monday

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell expects the Senate to call for a vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, early next week after working through the weekend.

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 7:07 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 7:26 PM

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell expects the Senate to call for a vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, early next week after working through the weekend.
“She will be confirmed early evening on Monday night and be seated on the Supreme Court shortly thereafter,” said Sen. McConnell.
The Senate Majority Leader spoke with 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman from his office in Washington, D.C just moments after the Judiciary Committee voted Barrett through.
All 12 Republican members approved the confirmation, while the 10 Democrats on the committee boycotted the vote.
Sen. McConnell expects this to be one of many stall-tactics the Democrats will undertake leading up to the full vote.
“I expect them to make us cast a lot of procedural votes like motions to adjourn,” said Sen. McConnell. “They are going to try every obstruction tactic they can.”
However, the majority leader is confident Republicans will have the 51 votes needed to overcome any of those roadblocks.
“All of my members are going to be here. We are not going to be deterred by all of these attempted detours that may be offered and she will be confirmed Monday night,” promised Sen. McConnell.
Since the nomination, Sen. McConnell has spoken highly of Barrett and her “exemplary life.” Pointing to not only her professional accomplishments on the bench but her role as a mother of 7.
“The president has made an outstanding selection,” said Sen. McConnell. “The American people had a chance to watch her during the hearings. She is an extraordinary intellect with an impressive family.”
Republicans have pushed to secure the Supreme Court seat before November 3rd. If everything goes according to Sen. McConnell’s plan, the confirmation will come one week before the general election.
Democrats continue to argue that the confirmation is happening too close to the election; a time when there is a possibility of a power shift within the Senate and/or White House.
“The time that we have used to fill the vacancy is entirely consistent with the time elapsed between nomination and confirmation of many Supreme Court Justices in the past,” defended Sen. McConnell.

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