The games the Democrats are playing in the Senate regarding the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett will hopefully come to a halt.
U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has said that Barrett will be confirmed: “no later than Monday”.
McConnell’s announcement comes after Democrats have played cat and mouse in the Senate for the last couple of weeks and have used the presidential election and the Coronavirus as a means to delay Barrett’s confirmation.
McConnell has made it clear Judge Barrett will get a final vote "no later than Monday," and he has the votes to make that happen… just slowly.
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) October 23, 2020
NEWS: Senate Judiciary reports nomination of #AmyConeyBarrett this morning without Democrats at session. #McConnell to begin push tomorrow to have #Barrett confirmed no later than Monday. pic.twitter.com/wnBToF91AW
— Nancy Ognanovich (@NOgnanovich) October 22, 2020
Senate Republicans are close to a confirmation vote on President Trump's nominee for Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell says a vote for Judge Barrett will come "no later than Monday." pic.twitter.com/3LCH2l1H5U
— Talk 650 KSTE (@kste650) October 24, 2020
Our friends over at Fox News added this to the story:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took the first steps Friday to advance Amy Coney Barrett for a Supreme Court confirmation vote despite delay tactics from Democrats, including forcing a rare closed-door session that’s typically reserved for national security matters.
Senate Republicans voted in favor of a procedural motion to enter executive session to begin debating Barrett’s nomination — teeing up a final vote on Barrett’s nomination Monday.
“Let’s get on with it. Let’s do our jobs,” said McConnell, while hitting Democrats for efforts to undercut Barrett and previous GOP nominees. “We will give this nominee the vote she deserves no later than Monday.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made clear Democrats would continue to put up a fight. He kicked off Friday’s Senate session asking for a quorum call vote, one of the delay tactics at his disposal.
Senate Democrats Have Driven the Politicization of Judicial Confirmations at Every Turn: https://t.co/t7diUxTNof
Video of @senatemajldr's speech: https://t.co/Bz3ECQgnQA "We will give @POTUS' #SCOTUS nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the vote she deserves no later than Monday."
— Senator McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) October 23, 2020
The AP News chipped in too:
The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump’s nominee.
Democrats mounted time-consuming procedural hurdles Friday, but the party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett’s advance in the Republican-controlled chamber. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is expected to be confirmed Monday and quickly join the court.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York warned Republicans that they were making a “colossal and historic mistake.”
Republicans appeared unmoved. In a lengthy speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Barrett as an “extraordinary” nominee and defended her quick confirmation. “We will give this nominee the vote she deserves no later than Monday,” he said.
The Senate majority already belongs to the Republicans so Barrett’s confirmation is bound to happen.
In the next 24 hours, Democrat Senators will try to pull out all the stops to try to prevent Barrett from being nominated.