WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The full Senate is poised to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Monday.
What: The Full Senate votes and potentially confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
When: The vote is expected sometime on Monday
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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the vote to the full Senate Thursday. The panel approved Barrett 12-0, with all Republican members voting yes while the Democrats weren’t in attendance as a form of protest to the process that Sen. Chuck Schumer called “illegitimate.”
Democrats have expressed outrage at the vacancy being filled so close to the election. But with a 53-47 majority, Republicans have the votes they need to approve her, cementing a 6-3 conservative majority.
The vote is expected Monday evening but could change.
An ideological heir to the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett would fill the seat vacated after the Sept. 18 death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in what would be the sharpest ideological swing since Clarence Thomas replaced Justice Thurgood Marshall nearly three decades ago. She would be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president, and the third of President Donald Trump’s first term in office.
Barrett has been a judge since 2017, when Trump nominated her to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But as a longtime University of Notre Dame law professor she had already established herself as a reliable conservative in the mold of Scalia, for whom she clerked in the late 1990s.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.