The number two Democrat in the Senate on Sunday said his party cannot stop Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed.
"We can slow it down [by] perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can't stop the outcome," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on ABC's "This Week."
Durbin was responding to a question about proposals floated by Adam Jentleson, a former aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Jentleson said senators could use a variety of procedures to try to delay the vote on Barrett, both within the Senate Judiciary Committee and once she's approved by the committee but before a full Senate vote.
"I know Adam. I like Adam and respect him, but he's wrong," Durbin said.
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, control they extended by two seats in the 2018 midterms. A simple majority is all that's required to confirm judicial nominees, followed by Reid's revocation of the 60-vote threshold for most nominees and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)'s later extending that to Supreme Court nominees.
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Durbin said the situation would be different if more Republicans had suggested they'd vote against Barrett.
"There have been two Republicans who have spoken out already, Senators Murkowski and Collins, that said they won't support this procedure before the election. If two others decide during the course of the debate to stand up and take the same position, then we could have a different timing, perhaps a different outcome," he said on Sunday.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has said the GOP has enough votes to send Barrett from his committee and confirm her to the Supreme Court, said on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that the committee hearings will start on Oct. 12.
The vote to advance Barrett from the committee will take place on Oct. 22, he said. The committee has eight Republicans and seven Democrats.
"Then it will be up to Sen. McConnell as to what to do with the nomination once it comes out of committee," Graham added.
McConnell has said Trump's nominee would receive a vote on the Senate floor this year, but hasn't committed to holding the vote before Nov. 3.