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GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November

GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November
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Republican senators said on Sunday they believe President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left after Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader 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 BarrettUndoing Trump will take more than executive orders Political peace starts with everyday interactions A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration 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 BluntTrump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda MORE (R-Mo.) said Barrett will likely be confirmed before Election Day, but left the possibility open for a confirmation after the election. 

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“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 CottonGOP senator: Impeachment a 'moot point' after Trump's exit Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee 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 McConnellBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop Harry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial 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. 

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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 PelosiBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop More hands needed on the nuclear football Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinBiden officials hold call with bipartisan group of senators on coronavirus relief plan Harry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Durbin: Senate should consider changes to filibuster 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 ReidHarry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation 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.”