Judiciary Committee sends Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to full Senate

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to send the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate.

You will be able to watch the full Senate vote in this story above. The vote is scheduled for 1 PM today.

The approving vote Thursday morning comes as Senate Democrats boycotted the session, and it clears the way for Barrett’s potential confirmation on Monday.

Democratic senators didn’t show up as a form of protest to the process that Sen. Chuck Schumer called “illegitimate.” Democrats have been urging Republicans to wait for the results of the November presidential election before advancing a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“We should not be moving forward on this nomination,” Schumer said in a speech late Wednesday.

The decision to boycott forced Republicans on the panel to change its rules to keep the confirmation on track, a move that Democrats were unable to stop given the GOP’s 53-47 Senate majority. Those rules say at least two members of the minority party, Democrats, would need to be present to constitute a quorum for doing business.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that Judge Barrett deserved a vote.

“Barrett deserves to be on the Supreme Court and she will be confirmed,” he said, adding that Democrats “made a choice not to participate.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing to get President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee confirmed to the lifetime role before Election Day. He defended Barrett as “exceptionally qualified.”

While sitting out on the vote, Democrats arranged for posters to be placed at their spots of constituents they said had been helped by the Affordable Care Act.

The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the health care law on Nov. 10, one week after the presidential election.

Senators are planning to meet this weekend for procedural actions ahead of a final confirmation vote, which is expected Monday.

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