Tom Cotton: 'No doubt' coronavirus won't stop confirmation of SCOTUS nominee

Arkansas Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonBarrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election COVID outbreak threatens GOP's Supreme Court plans This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (R) said Sunday that he has "no doubt" the Senate GOP's efforts to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court will go on as planned despite several senators who attended her nomination event last week testing positive for the coronavirus.

In an interview with "Sunday Morning Futures" host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Ratcliffe, Schiff battle over Biden emails, politicized intelligence MORE on Fox News, Cotton assured viewers that the Senate's business would remain on track despite several GOP senators testing positive for COVID-19 following last weekend's event.

"What I can say is that everyone is eager to be at work when they need to be at work, they're on the [Senate] Judiciary Committee a week from tomorrow either in person or virtually to have the confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett, and then to have the vote on Judge Barrett this month," Cotton said.


"None of this should have any impact on schedule of the Senate, either on the Judiciary Committee or the Senate as a whole," the senator continued, adding: "No doubt about it, Maria."

Cotton's comments come despite a move from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a Senate vote | Pelosi, Mnuchin see progress, but no breakthrough | Trump, House lawyers return to court in fight over financial records Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE (R-Ky.) to delay the return of the upper chamber by two weeks in response to the cases.

Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTed Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Barrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisCunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (R-N.C.) have tested positive for the virus. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Cuomo signs legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York Trailing in polls, Trump campaign resurrects Hunter Biden attacks MORE (R-Wis.) announced on Saturday he had tested positive for the coronavirus as well.

Barrett's nomination must first pass the committee's vote before proceeding to a vote in the full Senate.

"I think every senator who's currently tested positive or is in isolation will be back to work under normal conditions," Cotton said. "But, if that's not the case, there is a long and venerable tradition of ill or medically infirm senators being wheeled in to cast critical votes. ... So I'm confident that every senator will be in attendance when his or her vote is needed." 

Barrett's nomination to the court is expected to rely mostly on GOP votes. A number of Democratic senators so far have rejected the prospect of meeting with Trump's nominee.