The Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, giving President Trump his third justice and a huge political win as the 2020 race enters its final week.
Trump on Sept. 26 announced his selection of Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor and federal appeals court judge, to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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The Senate vote is expected to take place around 7:30 p.m. but could be later depending on the success of the Democrats’ efforts to delay the proceedings. The chamber voted 51-48 at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to limit debate on Barrett’s nomination to 30 hours. But Democrats took to the floor of the Senate overnight to make impassioned speeches against Barrett’s confirmation, vowing to fight to the end.
Who will air the vote?
Cable channels like MSNBC, Fox News and CNN are expected to carry the vote live, but networks like NBC, ABC and CBS haven’t announced their plans. C-Span has been covering the Democratic speeches live.
Will Vice President Mike Pence be there?
Pence, who serves as the Senate president, could break a tie vote if needed. It’s unclear if he will attend now that Republicans have the 51 votes needed to confirm Barrett.
Will any Republicans vote against her?
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who is locked in a tight election battle in Maine, is the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) initially came out against the nomination because it was so close to the election. On Saturday though, she said that she would vote in favor.
“While I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not hold it against her,” Murkowski said.
Will the White House hold a swearing-in ceremony Monday?
President Trump said he would like to hold a “nice” event at the White House after Barrett is confirmed by the Senate.
“We’re going to see probably at the White House later on this evening, see how it all works out. The vote is taking place, and we’ll see how that works out,” he told reporters as he landed in Pennsylvania on Monday for a campaign rally. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said if Barrett is confirmed, “then we expect for a swearing-in to happen later this evening if all goes well.”
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