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McConnell: GOP has the votes to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court this month

McConnell: GOP has the votes to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court this month
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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.) said on Thursday that Republicans have the votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court's Pennsylvania mail ballot ruling tees up test for Barrett Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief MORE this month.

"She'll come out of committee next Thursday ... and we'll go to the floor with her on Friday the 23rd and stay on it until we finish," McConnell told reporters in Kentucky.

"We have the votes," he added, when asked if Republicans would be able to confirm Barrett.

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McConnell's remarks are the latest signal that Barrett's nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll MORE is on a glide path after she avoided landmines during her three-day appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.  

Republicans on the panel have scheduled a committee vote on Barrett's nomination for Oct. 22. 

That will allow McConnell to take a procedural step to call up her nomination for a vote the next day, paving the way for a final vote on her nomination on the Senate floor for the week of Oct. 26. 

Democrats are expected to force Republicans to show they have the 51 members on the floor necessary to conduct business but are otherwise powerless to stop her from being confirmed without help from GOP senators. 

Because Republicans nixed the 60-vote procedural threshold for Supreme Court nominees in 2017, Barrett only needs 50 "yes" votes and Vice President Pence to break a tie in order to be confirmed. 

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, meaning Barrett could lose three GOP senators and still let Pence break a tie.  

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Senate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Alaska) have both said they don't believe a nominee should be voted on before the elections next month. But only Collins has said she will vote no on a nominee if they are brought up.