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 TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's Supreme Court 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, has a packed schedule on Capitol Hill Tuesday, when she will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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 CrapoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' The Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act is an industry game-changer 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 GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B 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 CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' 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 ThuneSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff 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 LeeGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook 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 GrahamGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic 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.