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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 John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE, has a packed schedule on Capitol Hill Tuesday, when she will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day 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 CrapoBarrett says she did not strike down ObamaCare in moot court case GOP Sen. Thom Tillis tests positive for coronavirus 22 GOP attorneys general urge Congress to confirm Barrett as Supreme Court justice 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Grassley: Voters should be skeptical of Biden's pledge to not raise middle class taxes GOP to Trump: Focus on policy 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 CruzSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments Quinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas 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 ThuneSenators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session 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 LeePence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 End the American military presence in Somalia 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.”

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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 GrahamTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Lou Dobbs goes after Lindsey Graham: 'I don't know why anyone' would vote for him  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.