WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The Senate hearing to consider Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court begins on Monday at 9 a.m. EDT.
What: The Supreme Court nomination hearings for Amy Coney Barrett
Who: Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
When: Monday — Thursday at 9 a.m. EDT
Where: Hart Senate Office Building
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President Donald Trump nominated Barrett to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court on Sept. 26 at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, which turned into an event of interest related to COVID-19.
The 48-year-old U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge is President Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court, after Neil Gorusch and Brett Kavanaugh.
The hearings, despite criticism by Democrats, are moving forward on Monday. The chamber is also on a previously unscheduled recess following coronavirus diagnoses for Republican Sens. Mike Lee, Thom Tillis, and Ron Johnson.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, is charged with investigating the background and qualifications of any nominee.
The Judiciary Committee’s public hearings, which last several days, are a highly anticipated event for every Supreme Court nominee, during which the public gets to hear the candidate in her own words answer questions from senators, typically related to judicial philosophy and often the nominee’s opinions on hot-button social issues like abortion.
Recent nominees have typically kept those views close to their chests. Senators often follow up the testimony with further questions posed to the nominee in writing.
A vote by the committee will send the nomination to the full Senate.
Graham has said he hopes his committee will approve Barrett’s nomination by the week of Oct. 26, setting up a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor one week before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will complete its own investigation and share its findings with the Judiciary Committee. The American Bar Association, a national nonpartisan lawyers’ group, will also evaluate Barrett and deliver a rating on whether she is qualified to sit on the high court.
Since Senate Republicans in 2017 eliminated for Supreme Court nominations a procedural tactic often used by the minority party to hold up a vote, called the filibuster, a simple majority of the 100 members must vote to confirm. That appears likely given Republicans have a 53-47 majority and only two Republican senators have publicly opposed Trump’s bid to fill the seat.
Hearing Witness Schedule
As of Oct. 9, 2020, this is the schedule. Testimony by those who know Judge Barrett and legal experts is expected to follow the questioning of Barrett.
Monday, Oct. 12
- Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
- Sen. Michael Braun (R-Ind.)
- Patricia O’Hara, professor emerita of law, Notre Dame Law School
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett (opening statement)
- Opening statements from Judiciary Commitee members
tuesday, OCT. 13
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Questioning begins)
Wednesday, OCT. 14
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Thursday, OCT. 15
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) — Chairman
- Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa)
- Sen. Michael S. Lee (Utah)
- Sen. Ben Sasse (Nebraska)
- Sen. Thom Tillis (North Carolina)
- Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho)
- Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
- Sen. John Cornyn (Texas)
- Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
- Sen. Joshua D. Hawley (Missouri)
- Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa)
- Sen. John Kennedy (Louisiana)
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (California) — Ranking Member
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vermont)
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island)
- Sen. Chris Coons (Delaware)
- Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)
- Sen. Kamala Harris (California) — Sen. Harris is also the Democratic nominee for vice president
- Sen. Dick Durbin (Illinois)
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut)
- Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey)