President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has been pushed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats boycotted the vote and were absent, claiming it was too close to the Presidential election.
The Committee chairman dismissed the Democrats’ action and moved the vote up nearly four hours. As a result of the Democrats’ absence, the vote was unanimous, setting the stage for full Senate approval next week. This vote would cause the court to lean strongly to the right.
On Monday, the nomination is scheduled to go before the entire Senate for a debate and vote. As the Republicans hold a 53-47 majority, it is highly likely that she will be approved. This approval would lead to a 6-3 conservative majority on the court. In previous Judiciary Committee hearings, Barrett avoided expressing legal views, brushing them off as theoretical issues.
President Trump has stated that his motive for the nomination is so that she will be in place on the court if the election results are contested and go through the high court, as seen previously in the election of 2000.