‘Postpone the Hearing’: Democrats Demand Delay in Barrett’s Confirmation Process After Third GOP Senator Tests Positive for Covid-19

Common Dreams – Julia Conley – Saturday October 03, 2020

Democratic lawmakers and progressive advocates demanded on Friday and into Saturday that the Senate Judiciary Committee postpone Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court after at least three Republican senators tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced his positive result on Saturday morning, a day after two Senate Judiciary Committee members—Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)—were also diagnosed with Covid-19.

Johnson did not attend the White House gathering last Saturday where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Barrett, but he has been attending lunches with other Republican senators three times per week, including this past week. Lee and Tillis have also been attending the gatherings, suggesting that they may have exposed several of their Senate colleagues. Democratic senators have suspended their in-person lunches in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The progressive advocacy group Demand Justice was among those who called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone Barrett’s hearings, which are set to begin Oct. 13.

“They need to postpone the hearing because voting on Barrett before the election would gravely damage the legitimacy of the Court itself,” wrote Susan Hennessey, executive editor of Lawfare. “Rushing to have the hearing under these circumstances just shows that Republicans know they won’t have the votes after Election Day.”

Johnson’s diagnosis calls into question—even if the Senate Judiciary Committee moves forward with a virtual hearing—whether Barrett could be confirmed before Election Day, one month from Saturday.

As CNN reported Saturday, “If the three senators remain out this month, it would effectively prevent Barrett from being confirmed to the Supreme Court until they return, which could be after Election Day during a lame-duck session.”

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PS Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for the Trump’s & delay of Barrett’s confirmation.

Posted by Teri Perticone

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