Whether Democrats like it or not, Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation process is still moving full steam ahead.
According to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated this week that the final vote on Judge Barrett could come as soon as Monday, providing a big win to President Donald Trump’s latest SCOTUS nominee and her supporters, many of whom hoped she’d be confirmed prior to Election Day.
Teeing up the vote
According to Axios, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), has already wrapped up its hearings on Barrett, and is set to vote on her nomination on Thursday.
With Republicans holding a majority in the committee, it is nearly certain that the nomination will move forward from there. The Hill reports that “McConnell is expected to tee up Barrett’s nomination Friday” to make way for a Sunday procedural vote that would limit the time available for debate on the matter.
If that measure passes, it would allow for the final vote to be held on Monday — or Tuesday at the latest, if Senate Democrats insist on making full use of an allotted 30 hours of debate, as Roll Call reports.
But even Senate Dems have admitted “that there’s nothing procedurally they can do to stop Barrett’s confirmation,” according to Axios.
A “signature accomplishment”
Notably, McConnell has already told reporters that he has secured enough votes to confirm Barrett with a simple majority next week, and Roll Call noted that some Republican senators, such as Georgia’s David Perdue, are already making plans to attend campaign-related events as soon as Wednesday.
“With regard to the Supreme Court justice…we’ll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday,” McConnell said this week, according to The Hill.
He went on: “I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women that believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law.”
If she is confirmed Monday or Tuesday, Barrett would set a record for being confirmed closer to a presidential election than any justice in U.S. history, according to The Hill. However, it would not be the quickest SCOTUS confirmation to ever make its way through the Senate, and it doesn’t appear that any parts of the traditional process have been skipped or shortened.
Given that only a simple majority is required for confirmation and that Republicans hold a solid 53 seats in the Senate, Trump and McConnell can afford a few “No” votes from their party and still be able to clear Barrett through the chamber — and thus far, only one Senate Republican, Maine’s Susan Collins, has signaled that she will vote against the judge’s confirmation, The Hill notes.
With this in mind, it looks like we could have a Justice Amy Coney Barrett sitting on the Supreme Court by this time next week.