Senate Democrats will boycott a Judiciary Committee vote Thursday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate floor.
“This has been a sham process from the beginning,” Senate Democrats said in a joint statement. “Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to take away health care from millions and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they’ve been unable to get through Congress.”
Democrats believe the nomination should have been left to the next president because the Supreme Court vacancy occurred just a few weeks from the Nov. 3 election.
Because they are in the minority, Democrats have no ability to block the confirmation, either in committee or on the floor.
Barrett, a former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and an admired legal scholar and federal judge, is considered by Democrats to be a threat to the balance of the court, and they believe her confirmation will shift it far to the right.
Democrats and Republicans questioned Barrett when she appeared before the Judiciary Committee for three days last week.
Democrats tried to demonstrate that if Barrett is confirmed, she would rule against abortion rights and the survival of Obamacare.
The GOP-led Judiciary Committee will meet Thursday to vote to advance Barrett’s nomination, even though a formal quorum requires at least two Democrats. Republicans can vote to change the requirement.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the Senate will vote to confirm Barrett on Monday.
Author: Susan Ferrechio
Source: Washington Examiner: Democrats plan boycott of Barrett committee vote Thursday