On Thursday (Oct. 22), the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Committee Democrats boycotted the vote, leaving Republicans to pass Barrett through 12-0. Barrett is expected to be confirmed to the Court in a final Senate vote on Monday (Oct. 26).
“We did it,” Senate Chairman Lindsey Graham said after the vote. “Judge Barrett is going to the floor. I hope you look back at this time on the committee and say, ‘I was there when it mattered.’ And you were.”
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of the most highly qualified people to ever be nominated to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” Graham added in a statement, after pushing Thursday’s vote forward despite Democrat opposition. “She will faithfully apply the law to the facts without personal agenda and fully understands the difference between an impartial judge and a political activist.”
Instead of appearing for the vote, Democrats placed poster-sized pictures of people in their seats. The images were meant to represent Americans who would be hurt by Barrett’s confirmation to the Court, ABC News reports. Democrats have previously pointed to Barrett’s potential to strike down the Affordable Care Act and the threat she poses to abortion rights if she’s confirmed to the Court.
“This has been a sham process from the beginning,” Senate Democrats wrote in a 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.”
While it normally takes the Senate around 70 days to confirm a Supreme Court Judge, Barrett is expected to be confirmed on Monday — just 30 days after her nomination. If confirmed, Barrett will give Republicans a 6-3 majority on the Court.
“You could not design a set of circumstances more hypocritical than this,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday (Oct. 21). “The truth is that the Republican majority is perpetrating the most rushed, most partisan, least legitimate process in the long history of Supreme Court nominations.”