Donald Trump, chair of the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, voted in favor of nominating Amy Connie Barrett for a lifetime U.S. Supreme Court post Thursday, while Democrats boycotted the trial as she vehemently opposed her certification.
Calling it a “sensational, historic moment,” committee chairwoman Lindsay Graham led a 22-member committee with the unanimous support of 12 Republicans, vowing to abstain from Democrats as well.
Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell’s plan approval Monday in the Senate floor will pave the way for a final confirmation vote.
Federal Court of Appeals Judge Barrett’s affirmation would extend the conservative majority of the U.S. Judicial Body to 6-3 if fully approved.
Announcing Thursday’s boycott of the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and the Judiciary Committee Democrats said of Barrett’s nomination: “It was a fraudulent process from the beginning.”
Democrats said they would “not give more legitimacy to the process” by voting in a committee vote between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden 12 days before the U.S. presidential election, in which tens of millions of ballots had already been cast.
“We will not allow them to take over the committee,” Graham Democrats said Thursday.
My Democratic Senate colleagues and I boycotted the Supreme Court Nominee Committee vote today. Let’s be clear: This nomination process is a fraud and shows how Republicans stop doing nothing to eliminate health care from millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.
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Texas Republican John Cornin called it a “surreal atmosphere” because of the Democratic no-show.
Trump nominated Barrett after the late Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Mike Davis, a former top aide to the panel now advising Senate Republicans, said the vote-keeping committee was back to its normal way, even though Democrats skipped it. He said there was a long-standing practice for the business to move forward if the majority members, Republicans, attended.
Facing that view, the Democratic aide said the Supreme Court had never brushed the rules for verification before.
Democrats fill seats with placards
Barrett will be the fifth woman to top, but she has given a past record, by far the most traditional.
Sandra Day O’Connor, first, is seen as a moderate conservative, while the next three women judges are liberals.
A favorite of Christian conservatives, Barrett disappointed Democrats in his affidavit hearing last week by setting aside questions on abortion, presidential powers, climate change, voting rights, Obamacare and other issues.
Seats occupied by Senate Democrats were filled with placards blown up by American citizens on Thursday, the party said, adding that Obamacare would be removed from coverage if appointed by the Supreme Court shortly after the election. This is called the Affordable Care Health Act.
Today jsenjudiciary It should come as no surprise that Democrats boycott the business meeting. They know that Amy Connie Barrett is well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. That is why today their actions are only a political stunt to appease the angry, radical left. #ConfirmACB
Barrett, 48, is a devout Catholic who personally opposes abortion. The Milestone of Legalizing Abortion Across the Nation 1973 Ro v. Barrett told the committee last week that Wade’s verdict was not “super-presidential” and could never be overturned. Barrett said she had no “agenda” to bring abortion rights back.
Trump has said he will appoint judges in 2016 to manipulate Roe. Senate Republicans, who have placed a high priority on Trump’s conservative legal appointments, have withdrawn all stops to ensure Barrett can confirm the chamber before the Nov. 3 election.
Senate approval is all but guaranteed
Republicans have a Senate majority of 53-47, making her affirmation a factual affirmation. Trump has made it clear that he believes the Supreme Court will decide the outcome of the election and wants Barrett on the bench for any election-related cases.
The Democrats forced her to withdraw from such cases because of a controversy over her interest in determining the political fate of the president who nominated her close to the election. She denied their requests.
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The Senate, which is close to the presidential election, has not confirmed the nominee to the Supreme Court. Democrats are outraged that Senate Republicans went ahead with a nomination close to the polls in 2016 after Trump’s Democratic ancestor Barack Obama refused to allow the chamber on the Supreme Court nomination, because it’s election year.
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In light of the actions of Senate Republicans in 2016, some on the left have come up with the idea of expanding the number of judges if Biden wins to counter the flow of the right side of the court. Republicans hailed the idea as “court packing.”
Biden said last week that he was not a fan of court packing, but kept his options open. The number of judges has been fixed at nine by law for more than a century.
Trump appointed Barrett to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in 2017. If confirmed, Barrett could serve for decades on the Supreme Court, along with two other Trump appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanagh.