McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday teed up a vote on a district court nominee shortly after the Senate confirmed Trump pick Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettPompeo to host indoor holiday parties at State Department despite warning to employees to hold some missions virtually McEnany hits Democratic leaders for not following their own COVID-19 restrictions Cuomo likens COVID-19 to the Grinch: 'The season of viral transmission' MORE to the Supreme Court.

McConnell's move will set up the Senate to take up James Knepp II's nomination to be a judge for the northern district of Ohio once it returns to Washington on Nov. 9.

The Senate left town on Monday night for its election recess after confirming Barrett. No votes are expected to occur for roughly two weeks.


But Republicans have placed a premium on confirming President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's judicial picks. Including Barrett, the Senate has confirmed 220 court nominees. That includes three Supreme Court justices, 53 influential circuit court nominees and 162 district judges.

Because Democrats in 2013 nixed the filibuster for district and circuit court nominations and Republicans nixed it for Supreme Court nominees in 2017, judicial nominations can be confirmed with only a simple majority.

McConnell, in particular, has stressed that he views the courts as the party's best chance at having a long-term impact on the direction of the country. And he touted the GOP's work on confirming judges during the fight this week over Barrett.

“We made an important contribution to the future of this country. A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later. ... They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come,” he said.