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A group of 10 Democratic senators, led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), is urging Vice President Pence not to preside over the chamber Monday for the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, given the latest outbreak of the coronavirus at the White House.
In a letter, the senators argue that Pence’s presence would not only violate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but that it would “be a violation of common decency and courtesy” after five people who work for or advise Pence tested positive for the virus.
“Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people — not just to senators, but to all the truly essential staff — Democratic and Republican — who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function,” they wrote.
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The senators said that Pence will not be needed to break a tie and that his presence would be purely “ceremonial.”
Republicans hold a 53-to-47 advantage in the Senate, and only one GOP senator — Susan Collins (Maine) — has indicated that she would oppose the nomination of the judge, President Trump’s third pick for the high court.
The confirmation vote is expected Monday evening.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Monday that plans for Pence to preside over the confirmation vote are “in flux.”[Barrett nomination clears Senate hurdle, putting her on course to confirmation to Supreme Court]
“The vice president obviously has great knowledge about the disease and the pandemic, and he knows the right protocols to follow, and I have every confidence that he’s following those protocols,” Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, said of Pence, who serves as chairman of the White House coronavirus task force.
Senate Democrats will boycott Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing vote as GOP vows to move forward
Senate Democrats say they will boycott a committee hearing Thursday where Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination is set to move forward.The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote tomorrow afternoon on Barrett's confirmation to the high court, a vote that was expected to pass along party lines and send her nomination to the full Senate for a Monday vote — just eight days before Election Day.
A spokesman for the vice president’s office did not respond to inquiries Sunday about whether Pence planned to attend the vote for Barrett, who comes from Pence’s home state of Indiana. Pence is regularly summoned to the Capitol to preside over major votes for the administration, or if he needs to break a tie.
Pence’s public schedule for Monday, released Sunday night, did not include a trip to the Capitol, although his plans can be revised during the day. He is set to return to Washington shortly after 6 p.m. Monday after campaigning in Minnesota
Pence had indicated this past weekend that he wanted to preside over the vote.
“As vice president, I’m president of the Senate. And I’m going to be in the chair, because I wouldn’t miss that vote for the world,” Pence said Saturday night at a campaign rally in Tallahassee, shortly before the disclosure of the coronavirus outbreak within his staff. “Come this Monday night, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We’re going to fill that seat.”
Republicans on Senate panel to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination as Democrats boycott hearing
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Thursday, setting up a full Senate vote Monday.The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to meet at 9 a.m. EDT. Barrett is expected to be approved by Republicans who hold the majority on the panel, with Democrats saying they will boycott the day's proceedings. The full Senate is expected to take a final vote on Barrett's confirmation on Monday, eight days before Election Day.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has been highly critical of how the White House has not abided by public health guidelines on its property, declined Sunday to answer multiple times whether he preferred that Pence stay away from the Capitol for the confirmation vote.
Although Pence has had close contact with his chief of staff, Marc Short, who tested positive for the virus, aides said the vice president will continue with his scheduled events because he is considered essential.
Pence’s office said Monday that he and his wife, Karen Pence, have tested negative for the coronavirus
Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.
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