The Senate will be voting to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) revealed during a press conference on Tuesday the vote’s timing.
“With regard to the Supreme Court justice, as I think you’ve already written, we’ll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday,” McConnell said.
He added, “I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law.”
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MCCONNELL: "We'll be voting to confirm Justice-to-be Barrett next Monday." pic.twitter.com/vvhtxGfoSo— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 20, 2020
Barrett faced tough questioning from Democrats on a variety of issues during her confirmation hearings.
They pressed her about her position on the Affordable Care Act and abortion.
Barrett expressed her belief in originalism, which is the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted based on the original meaning.
“I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written,” Barrett said during her opening statement on Oct. 12, as IJR previously reported.
She stressed the Supreme Court is not designed to solve every issue.
“The public should not expect courts to do so and the courts should not try,” Barrett said.
Democrats have little chance of blocking the confirmation as Republicans have a 53-47 Senate majority.
If confirmed, she will give conservative justices a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court.
Democrats criticized Republicans for holding a confirmation vote in the midst of tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and just weeks before the upcoming presidential election.
Trump praised Barrett for how she handled herself throughout the nomination process, as IJR previously reported.
“She’s been flawless, she hasn’t made a mistake. She’s toying with those Democrat, evil people,” Trump said.