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Politics Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election

03:25  27 september  2020
03:25  27 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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President Donald Trump marveled at a rally this week about how important Supreme Court nominations are to voters. One by one, GOP senators facing tough reelections — Martha McSally in Arizona, Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Steve Daines in Montana and Joni Ernst in Iowa — all threw

WASHINGTON (AP) — Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump ’ s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ s Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election , launching a divisive fight over Democratic objections before a nominee is

Senate Republicans are preparing a speedy confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's third Supreme Court pick, setting up a final vote before the election.

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The timeline will keep an explosive fight over the country's top court at the forefront of the final 38 days before Nov. 3, where both control of Congress and the White House are up for grabs.

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As the Senate has 53 GOP senators and Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie, four Despite his support for considering a nominee, Romney did not commit to voting to confirm the president' s Trump plans to announce his choice for the lifetime Supreme Court appointment on Saturday. The party has decried the effort to confirm a justice before the election after Senate Majority Leader Mitch

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Trump formally named Barrett as his pick during a televised White House event setting the wheels of the Senate GOP confirmation process in motion.

Barrett - who like all Supreme Court nominees will need to fill out a committee questionnaire and undergo an FBI background check - is set to start meeting with senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), as soon as Tuesday.

McConnell, on Saturday, vowed that Barrett will get a vote on the Senate floor in the "weeks ahead."

"The Court, the Senate, and the American people - not to mention the nominee and her family - deserve a fair process that is focused on Judge Barrett's qualifications. I hope all 100 Senators will treat this serious process with the dignity and respect it should command," McConnell said in a statement.

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Trump said he will announce his nominee to the Supreme Court on Saturday at the White House. Timing would be tough with less than 40 days for the Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House on Monday, Trump urged the Senate to vote on the nomination before the election , claiming

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Monday that Republicans will confirm President Trump ' s forthcoming nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg' s Supreme Court seat before the November elections .

Her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee will start in just over two weeks on Oct. 12, three people familiar with the schedule confirmed to The Hill. The four-day hearing will include one day of opening statements, two days of questions and a final day for outside witnesses.

"I'm very committed to ensuring that the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing. We move forward on this nomination knowing that the President has picked a highly qualified individual who will serve our nation well on the highest court in the land," Graham said in a statement.

Graham is expected to formally announce the schedule during an interview on Fox News on Saturday night.

McConnell did not explicitly name a date for a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor, but has said he would base the timing off of Graham's Judiciary schedule. With the hearing taking place the week of the 12th, that would set up a final vote on the Senate floor during the week of Oct. 26.

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Senate Republicans see a Supreme Court confirmation vote before Election Day as a big political boost that could help them retain their majority in says he'll make Supreme Court pick on Saturday MORE, which they believe helped their party knock off four Democratic incumbents during a midterm

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The roughly two-week turnaround time between Trump's announcement and the start of the hearing is a significantly faster timeline than the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch or Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's first two Supreme Court nominees.

Trump announced that he would nominate Gorsuch on January 31, 2017, and his Judiciary Committee hearing started on March 20. Trump made his announcement about Kavanaugh on July 9 and his first Judiciary Committee hearing started on Sept. 4.

But Graham vowed that he would schedule the hearing early enough to allow for a Senate vote before Nov. 3 -q time frame pushed by Trump and a growing number of GOP senators.

Only two Republicans - Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) - said a nominee should not get a vote before the election, after Republicans refused to give Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, a hearing or a vote.

An aide for Collins told The Hill that she would be willing to meet with the nominee if Barrett requests a meeting, even though she has said she will vote "no" on any pick that comes up before No. 3. Murkowski also said in a statement on Saturday that she would be willing to meet with the nominee.

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Republicans view the Supreme Court as a boon in most battleground Senate races that could help drive voter turnout.

Waiting until after the election carries two risks: If Trump lost, it would force Republicans to decide if they would confirm a nominee for a lame-duck president. In addition, if Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Mark Kelly wins his election against Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), he could be sworn in as soon as Nov. 30, narrowing the GOP majority.

Republicans have defended the decision to hold a vote on Trump's nominee, even after blocking Garland, arguing that the key differences is that in 2020, unlike in 2016, both the Senate and the White House are held by the same party.

If Barrett is confirmed, it will be the closest to a presidential election that a Supreme Court nominee has been given the green light by the Senate. Senate staff disclosed to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that there did not appear to be a precedent for confirming a Supreme Court nominee between July and the election.

Democrats went on the offense against Barrett on Saturday night, warning that she would be the "deciding vote" on the Supreme Court striking down the Affordable Care Act and they ripped Republicans for agreeing to move on her nomination despite the looming election and their 2016 stance.

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But with only a simple majority, Democrats are powerless to stop Barrett's nomination on their own.

"President Trump and Leader McConnell are doing what no Senate has done before: shamelessly rushing to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat less than 40 days before a presidential election. Justice Ginsburg's dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president is installed. Republicans are poised to not only ignore her wishes, but to replace her with someone who could tear down everything that she built. This reprehensible power grab is a cynical attack on the legitimacy of the Court," Schumer said in a statement.

Two Democrats on the Judiciary Committee-Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)-have said they will not meet with Barrett.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, argued that a nominee should not be taken up until after the presidential inauguration in January. She did not address in her statement if she will meet with Barrett if Trump's pick requests a meeting.

"Judge Amy Coney Barrett clearly passes the president's conservative litmus tests or he wouldn't have nominated her. Judge Barrett's record shows she would push the Supreme Court further to the right, putting many rights and protections that the American people have fought for and deeply cherish at risk," she said.


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