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

Arkansas Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTrump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears 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 BartiromoGaetz suggests DeSantis could run for president in 2024 if Trump is out of the picture Bartiromo, Pirro, Dobbs file to dismiss Smartmatic lawsuits Fox News labels .7B Smartmatic defamation suit 'meritless' in motion to dismiss 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 McConnellMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee 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 LeeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing' Overnight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (R-N.C.) have tested positive for the virus. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonCruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Pelosi: Dems want commission focused on Capitol mob attack Pelosi jokes about Sen. 'Don' Johnson 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.