Barrett to sit with McConnell and other GOP senators in back-to-back meetings

Barrett to sit with McConnell and other GOP senators in back-to-back meetings
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettA politicized Supreme Court? That was the point Solid majority believes Supreme Court rulings based more on politics than law  Locked and Loaded: Supreme Court is ready for a showdown on the Second Amendment MORE, has a packed schedule on Capitol Hill Tuesday, when she will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) and seven other key Senate Republicans in back-to-back sessions.

Barrett’s first meeting will be with McConnell at 10 a.m., and there will be a stakeout afterward for reporters in the Senate’s wood-paneled Mansfield Room. 

She will then meet at 11 a.m. with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoDemocrats narrow scope of IRS proposal amid GOP attacks Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Yellen confident of minimum global corporate tax passage in Congress MORE (R-Idaho), who is also a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. 

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The 48-year-old 7th Circuit Court judge and former law professor will then break for lunch before a 1 p.m. meeting with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa), who is also a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will conduct her confirmation hearings. 

Grassley told reporters Monday he is “very comfortable” with the accelerated confirmation schedule for Barrett, whom Republicans want to seat on the court by Election Day in case the results of the presidential election are litigated all the way to the high court. 

At 2 p.m. Barrett will meet with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE (R-Texas), an outspoken conservative on the Judiciary Committee, who has praised her credentials as “impeccable” and is already accusing Democrats of gearing up to “destroy her reputation for political gain.”

At 3 p.m. Barrett will meet with Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation Democrats narrow scope of IRS proposal amid GOP attacks Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE (R-S.D.), who was an early proponent of seating her on the court before Election Day and who says there’s overwhelming support within the Senate GOP conference to confirm Trump’s pick.

The nominee will then meet at 3:45 p.m. with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Retreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (R-Utah), another member of the Judiciary Committee, who has praised Barrett as a “textualist and an originalist” who is “devoted to the principle of constitutionally limited government.”

Barrett will meet at 4:30 p.m. with Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), an influential member of the Senate Republican freshman class. He has praised her as “a brilliant legal mind who understands the proper and distinct roles of the three branches of government."

Barrett will wrap up her long day with a final meeting at 5:30 pm with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics MORE (R-S.C.), who is tasked with running the confirmation process.

Graham has scheduled confirmation hearings to begin Oct. 12, which would set up a Senate floor vote the week before Election Day.

Hearings will last three to four days and a committee vote is expected on Oct. 22, though Graham has discretion to schedule it earlier if he chooses.