Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said she will take part in this week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but she will work remotely from her office.
"Due to Judiciary Committee Republicans’ refusal to take commonsense steps to protect members, aides, Capitol complex workers, and members of the media, Senator Harris plans to participate in this week’s hearings remotely from her Senate office in the Hart building," said Chris Harris, a spokesman for the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, to news outlets on Sunday.
Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who sit on the committee, both tested positive recently for the virus. Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are self-isolating but are expected to return for all or part of the hearings in the Senate.
Harris's comments represent yet another attack from Democrats on the upcoming confirmation process. Previously, top Democrats in Congress said Republicans should wait until the election is over before a nominee is selected.
Graham has defended his panel going ahead with the confirmation hearing.
Meanwhile, Barrett is expected to deliver an address to the committee on Monday.
“It was the content of Justice Scalia’s reasoning that shaped me. His judicial philosophy was straightforward: A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were. Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like,” Barrett is expected to say.