Barrett on Track for Supreme Court

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by Christine Niles  •  •  October 22, 2020   

Voted out of committee and on to full Senate

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WASHINGTON ( - Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on her way to being America's next Supreme Court justice.

In spite of Democrats' attempts to obstruct proceedings, the Senate Judiciary Committee succesfully voted her out of committee Thursday morning. The full Senate will have a week to debate her confirmation starting Monday, ending with the full floor vote.

All 10 Democrat members of the Judiciary Committee boycotted Thursday's meeting, refusing to give Republicans a quorum. The Democrats placed in their seats instead giant posters featuring various people, while New York's Sen. Chuck Schumer held a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court.

The 12-Republican majority moved forward with the proceedings without the Democrats, with all voting to bring Barrett's nomination to the full Senate. They defended the move, saying committee rules allow a vote for a nomination as long as a majority of any party is present.

"Judge Barrett is going to the floor," Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced after the vote. "I hope you look back at this time on the committee and say I was there when it mattered. And you were."

"The Democrats understand that their radical agenda for the Supreme Court is profoundly unpopular," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas at the hearing. "The Democrats are unwilling to defend their radical agenda for the Supreme Court. That's illustrated powerfully today by the fact that every Democratic chair is empty, that they are boycotting this mark-up because their substantive arguments are not persuasive."

Cruz noted that during Barrett's confirmation hearings, "not a single Democrat ask any questions that defended the far left view of religious liberty, which is that the Supreme Court should go through the public square, scour the public square to remove any reference to God Almighty."

Referring to the people featured on the posters, Cruz remarked, "You know, one photograph I don't see is a photograph of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic convent of nuns who've taken a vow of poverty, who the Obama admin persecuted bc they were living according to their religious faith, and who Joe Biden pledges to once against persecute if he is elected."

Democrats are vowing to keep fighting Barrett's nomination, even as it appears she has more than enough votes to seat her on the High Court bench.

Two pro-abortion Catholic Republicans — Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — have said they will not vote for Barrett. No other Republican senators have objected to her confirmation, including Utah's Mitt Romney, one of President Trump's fiercest critics, who has said he will vote to confirm her. That leaves Barrett with a total of 51 Senate votes.

"We're not done," said Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal. "We're going to continue to fight this nomination."

"Democrats will not lend a single ounce of legitimacy to this sham vote," complained Schumer.

A recent Morning Consult poll shows a majority of Americans — 51% — back Barrett's confirmation. It's the highest amount of support for any of Trump's three Supreme Court nominees.

With Barrett's confirmation to the High Court bench a shoe-in, the balance on the bench will tip toward a solid conservative majority — even without Chief Justice John Roberts' vote. The Court will also have five practicing Catholics: Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Barrett.


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