The Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings on Monday for Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, reported NPR.
The hearings are moving ahead under exceedingly unusual circumstances with an election looming and an outbreak of the coronavirus still roiling Washington. Republicans are aiming to stick to a tight and closely choreographed timeline that would allow Barrett to join the court before Election Day on November 3.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been adamant that the Judiciary Committee hearings should proceed despite 3 Republicans, including two members of the committee, testing positive for the virus. The Judiciary members were among those that attended an event in the White House Rose Garden to announce Barrett's nomination. That event has been at the nexus of the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in GOP political circles.
McConnell has said the committee is capable of holding hearings that are part virtual and part in-person and that the development will not prevent Barrett's confirmation. The GOP leader did postpone floor votes for two weeks after the news of the outbreak.
"We will be voting on the nominee, you know, very soon," McConnell said in a recent appearance on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. "I haven't picked an exact point to bring the nomination up, but it's front and center for the American people."
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