On Thursday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was reported favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her nomination will be debated by the full Senate as early as Friday. The Committee also reported several other federal judicial nominations favorably and voted to approve subpoenas for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the committee regarding their content moderation policies.
This morning, the Judiciary Committee reported Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Senate floor. Their unanimous recommendation was that she be confirmed.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 22, 2020
This nomination will receive an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor in the next several days.
Unsurprisingly, Senate Judiciary Democrats tried to throw a wrench in the proceedings by boycotting the meeting:
Graham and other Republican senators in their remarks Thursday profusely praised Barrett, but also attacked Democrats for the boycott. Sen Mike Lee, R-Utah, in particular accused Democrats of staging a "walkout on the American people" with their boycott.
Lee added: "I suppose we should be grateful that a walkout is all the Democrats will do to Judge Barrett today. Not all nominees have been so lucky."
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Democrats needed to boycott the markup because their "substantive arguments are not persuasive."
.@realDonaldTrump's decision to nominate Judge Barrett may be the most important decision of his presidency. In doing so, POTUS was fulfilling his promise to the American people & today @senjudiciary Republicans took a step forward towards fulfilling our promise to #ConfirmACB.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 22, 2020
Barring any unexpected delays, Judge Barrett is expected to be confirmed to the Court by the full Senate on Monday:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to take up Barrett's confirmation on Friday, setting up two days of debate over the weekend, a procedural vote on Sunday and a final vote by the chamber on Monday – eight days before the election.
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