Senate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
The Senate will vote Monday on confirming President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE's nominee, Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court's Cedar Point property rights decision protects both sides Supreme Court strikes down FHFA director's firing protection Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE, to the Supreme Court.
"With regard to the Supreme Court justice ... we'll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRevs. Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested in protest urging Manchin to nix filibuster On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more McConnell slams Biden for already 'caving' to left on infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) said during a weekly press conference, confirming the timing of a final vote on her nomination.
"I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women that believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law," McConnell added.
Top GOP senators and aides had previously indicated to The Hill that they were likely to set up the final vote for Monday, allowing vulnerable GOP senators to spend the final week before the election back on the campaign trail.
To set up a final vote on Monday, McConnell is expected to tee up Barrett's nomination Friday, a day after the Judiciary Committee is expected to sign off on her nomination.
The Senate will then hold a procedural vote Sunday. After that, senators could still debate her nomination for an additional 30 hours.
Republicans appear confident they will have the votes to put Barrett on the Supreme Court, setting a new record for the closest to a presidential election a nominee has been confirmed. Though other judicial nominees have been confirmed in a fewer number of days, they were further away from Election Day.
Because Republicans hold 53 Senate seats, Barrett could lose three GOP senators and still be confirmed by letting Vice President Pence break a tie. If Pence is needed, it would be the first time a vice president has had to weigh in on a Senate Supreme Court confirmation vote.
Only Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins5 things the US should be doing — in addition to COVID-19 vaccination Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' MORE (Maine) has said she will oppose Barrett because she does not believe a nominee should be considered before the election. Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDemocrats hit wall on voting rights push The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House digs in as infrastructure talks stall MORE (R-Alaska) has said she does not believe a nominee should be taken up, but hasn't said how she will vote on Barrett's nomination.
Murkowksi is expected to meet with Barrett this week.