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

Arkansas Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal 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 BartiromoThe Memo: Fall in white population could add fuel to nativist fire A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Memo: Biden beats Trump again — this time in the Senate 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 McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week 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 LeeEconomy adds just 235K jobs in August as delta hammers growth Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit Afghanistan fiasco proves we didn't leave soon enough MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (R-N.C.) have tested positive for the virus. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDomestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes Internal poll shows Barnes with 29-point lead in Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary 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.