Democrats Find a New Way to Try and Block SCOTUS Confirmation

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Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats are once again trying to delay Supreme Court nomination

As usual, the common phrase among Democrats: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, is being played out in Washington. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and anyone she has come in contact with, to isolate after potentially being exposed to COVID at the White House.

This call for self-isolation by Schumer would effect many Republicans, including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who are planning to meet to vote to move the nomination of Barrett to a vote in the full Senate. This move could possibly derail Republicans’ efforts to hold quick confirmation hearings and a final vote before the election in November, which has been the goal of many top Democrats.

“The infection of the President, First Lady and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing regime that follows CDC guidelines, as well as thorough testing and isolation for those who were exposed to infection risk. That includes Judge Amy Coney Barrett and anyone she was in contact with,” Schumer said in a statement.

Schumer also tweeted about the issue, saying that “If it’s too dangerous to have the Senate in session, it’s too dangerous for committee hearings to continue.”

Schumer seems to have forgotten that the Democrats had already called for many activities in the capitol to be conducted virtually. Republicans, including Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Lindsey Graham, have discussed utilizing these virtual capabilities to allow the hearings on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to proceed as scheduled.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has postponed Senate floor activity until October 19th, but has also stated that committee work will continue, including the Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Barrett’s nomination.

Senator John Barasso of Wyoming spoke on Fox News about the Senate hearings, saying that there will not be a delay, despite attempts by Schumer and other top Democrats.

Senator Lindsey Graham also tweeted about the issue, wishing President Trump and other Republicans infected with COVID a speedy recovery. Graham said in his tweet that Senator Mike Lee expects to be back at the Senate for the vote.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Ah, but here’s the rub; Pelosi has already established that legislative functions can be conducted remotely, as much congressional business was conducted that way in the spring. The Senate is no different.

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