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 McConnellThe bizarre back story of the filibuster The Bible's wisdom about addressing our political tribalism Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that Republicans have the votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election McConnell backs Garland for attorney general 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.


McConnell's remarks are the latest signal that Barrett's nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general A powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Fauci says he was nervous about catching COVID-19 in Trump White House 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 CollinsCollins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Republicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars 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.