Politics After Barrett meeting, Murkowski still opposes election-year confirmation
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett strives to show independence from White House, Republicans
The confirmation hearing is wedged closely between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death and an election in which Republicans could lose power.In a marathon session before the Senate Judiciary Committee just three weeks from Election Day, Barrett was put on the defensive by Democrats charging that she was picked because of her views on abortion, gun rights, same-sex marriage and particularly the health care law headed to the high court for the third time next month.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett this week but remains opposed to an election year confirmation to the high court.
While the Alaska Republican wouldn’t say explicitly that she will vote against Barrett, she did affirm her belief that now is the wrong time for a confirmation.
“I’ve shared for a while that I didn’t think we should be taking this up until after the election, and I haven’t changed,” Murkowski said.
Asked if that means she’s a ‘no’ on Barrett’s votes that begin on Sunday, she replied: “That means I haven’t changed my mind on that.”
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Murkowski is essentially the only undecided Republican at this point on Barrett’s nomination. Fellow moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is a ‘no;’ the rest of the party’s 51 members will back the conservative judge. Only a simple majority is needed to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.
If Murkowski votes ‘no,’ she’s likely to spark a new wave of attacks from President Donald Trump, similar to when she voted against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Already Trump has attacked Collins, who is in the middle a tough re-election fight.
Murkowski is up for re-election in 2022 and has shown durability among her independent-minded Alaska voters, as her party turns right. She lost her primary in 2010 but kept her seat through a write-in campaign.
Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to Supreme Court following all-night Senate session .
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is poised become the ninth justice on the Supreme Court on Monday, solidifying a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.The Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm her to the Supreme Court in a vote Monday evening, capping off a sprint to place Barrett on the high court before Election Day over Democratic objections.