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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 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 Supreme Court 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, has a packed schedule on Capitol Hill Tuesday, when she will meet with 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.) 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 CrapoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Sweeping COVID-19, spending deal hits speed bumps McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return 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 GrassleyOn The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury Finance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday 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 CruzTed Cruz, Seth Rogen trade insults as Twitter spat flares Biden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Ethics complaint filed against Biggs, Cawthorn and Gosar over Capitol riot 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 ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers 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 LeeOvernight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Austin sworn in as nation's first Black Pentagon chief The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment 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 GrahamSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair 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.