Republican senators said on Sunday they believe President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left after Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court low on political standing To infinity and beyond: What will it take to create a diverse and representative judiciary? Justice Ginsburg's parting gift? MORE died last week will be confirmed by November.
Despite widespread opposition from Senate Democrats, Republicans are pushing ahead with a vote on Trump’s nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court low on political standing Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet Are COVID-19 vaccine mandates a strategy to end the pandemic? MORE just weeks ahead of Election Day. The Senate Judiciary Committee said it will start its hearing for the nominee on Oct. 12.
Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntRoy Blunt has helped forge and fortify the shared bonds between Australia and America The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (R-Mo.) said Barrett will likely be confirmed before Election Day, but left the possibility open for a confirmation after the election.
“What I've said was, this needs to take all the time it needs to take, but it doesn't need to take more time than it needs to take. I've talked to Senator [Lindsey] Graham about this, trying to make arrangements as the chairman of the Rules Committee for room and space and security and other things,” Blunt said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to the South Carolina senator who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“And he's laid out a plan that I think meets all the standards of past hearings and could be done before Election Day. If for some reason it's not done, we'll do it after Election Day, but I think we're likely to get this done sometime in the month of October,” Blunt added.
Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Tech groups take aim at Texas Republican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services Debt ceiling fight pits corporate America against Republicans MORE (R-Ark.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” Barrett will be confirmed to the Supreme Court “next month.” Cotton also dismissed accusations of hypocrisy based on contradicting statements he made in 2016 in blocking former President Obama’s nominee to fill a vacancy after Justice Antonin Scalia died about 10 months ahead of that year’s election.
Cotton argued the situation was different since the party controlling the Senate and White House were different, an argument GOP senators have made since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome Pelosi vows to avert government shutdown McConnell calls Trump a 'fading brand' in Woodward-Costa book MORE (R-Ky.) said he would push for a vote on Trump’s nominee this year just hours after Ginsburg’s death was announced.
Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) similarly defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy, stating the Constitution's “provisions about filling a Supreme Court vacancy are unaffected by the electoral calendar.” He also predicted Barrett will be confirmed by November.
Democrats have tried to shift the focus of the debate of Barrett’s confirmation on healthcare, underscoring their opposition to the vote ahead by highlighting that the Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge over the Affordable Care Act one week after Election Day.
“What I am concerned about is anyone that President Trump would have appointed is there to undo the Affordable Care Act. That is why he’s in such a hurry,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook MORE (D-Ill.) acknowledged there is little Democrats can do to halt the confirmation of Trump’s nominee.
He countered suggestions from Adam Jentleson, a deputy chief of staff for former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTo Build Back Better, we need a tax system where everyone pays their fair share Democrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda MORE (D-Nev.), that Senate Democrats could delay Barrett’s confirmation by denying unanimous consent to meet and holding a series of quorum calls.
“I know Adam. I like Adam and respect him, but he's wrong,” Durbin said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We could slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome,” he added. “What we should do is to address this now respectfully.”