The Senate voted to reconvene for a Saturday session as Republicans push to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and solidify a conservative majority in the face of Democrat efforts to prevent the confirmation before Nov. 3.
On Saturday, senators will begin several days of debate on whether to approve the appeals court judge nominated by President Donald Trump, despite Democrat senators trying to slow the process through several votes on Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a cloture motion that allows a Justice to be confirmed with a simple majority. Convening the Senate over the weekend is being done to allow for the final vote on Barrett's confirmation to be completed before 8 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s hard to think of any nominee we’ve had in the past who is any better than this one,” said McConnell.
The Senate is expected to vote on Sunday to limit the debate over the nominee, setting up that final vote for Monday. The Chamber went into a brief closed session Friday, which has not done in 10 years, in an attempt by Democrats to delay the nomination of Barrett.
Since Barrett’s nomination in September, Democrats have been calling the process illegitimate, claiming that the Justice who will replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be picked after the next election in the hope that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will have won the office.
They claim that because Barrett is a conservative, she will overturn long-standing precedent, including overturning Roe v. Wade and repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an issue that will be coming before the Supreme Court in November.
Schumer said Friday that the Republican push to confirm Barrett was “the most partisan, hypocritical, least legitimate process in the history of the nation.”
In 2017, McConnell changed the Senate rules to allow confirmation of a Justice by a simple majority of the 100 senators, rather than the 60-vote base-line traditionally needed to advance high court nominees without objections. With 53 Republican Senators, Barrett’s confirmation is almost certain.
On Thursday the nominee was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 12–0 vote, which all 10 Democrat senators on the committee had boycotted.
Meanwhile, Republicans are set to confirm Judge Barrett as soon as possible. “We will give this nominee the vote she deserves no later than Monday,” said McConnell.