World News – AU – ‘They can’t do nothing about it’: McConnell revel in Barrett’s Supreme Court vote


« By tomorrow night, » Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Sunday, after voting to limit debate and move Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination forward, « we’ll have a new member of the Supreme Court of the United States

« Much of what we have done over the past four years will sooner or later be overturned in the next election, » Senate Majority Leader said « They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time »

The Republican was alluding to the possibility, largely supported by poll data, that Democrats will take over the White House and Senate on November 3

Sunday’s vote brought the Senate closer to a final vote on Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court candidate, just over a week before the election The confirmation vote is expected Monday night

Two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, opposed limiting the debate But Murkowski said on Saturday she intended to vote to confirm

« I have no doubts about his ability to do the job and do it well, » she said

No candidate has ever been confirmed so close to an election Over 58 million votes have already been cast

Democrats boycotted the vote of the committee that pushed the nomination forward on Thursday Ahead of Monday night’s vote, they expressed concerns about the risks of contracting Covid-19, after several Republican employees and team members of Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Democrats not to congregate in the chamber and to vote « quickly and from a safe distance »

McConnell has twice declined to answer questions about whether Pence will come to the House to preside on Monday At a rally in Florida on Saturday, however, Pence said: « I wouldn’t miss this vote for the world »

Schumer said Pence « would intend to come », and criticized him for wanting to « put the health of everyone who works in this building at risk »

« It sets a terrible and terrible example for the American people, » said New York Democrat « The Republican Party is ready to ignore the pandemic to rush this nomination to the Supreme Court »

Brian Schatz, a Senator from Hawaii, told a reporter: « It is clear to me that their closing message is that they are going to personally deliver Covid to as many people as possible »

« We have done a very good job in the Senate to follow the guidelines as best we can and I think the vice president will do the same, » said Mike Rounds of South Dakota, adding that Pence was « very responsible « 

On Sunday, the White House said Pence did not have to follow federal guidelines and quarantine for 14 days because he was an essential worker Pence continued his campaign

With Barrett, Supreme Court Will Have 6-3 Conservative Majority That Could Last For Years In the short term, Barrett could weigh in on cases involving the election Trump said he believes the court will decide the election and made it clear that he wanted Barrett to be on the bench for such cases

Barrett is also likely to participate in oral argument on November 10, in which Trump and other Republicans are asking the court to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the health care law known as Obamacare, in the middle of a pandemic that has infected 85m and killed 224,000

A frontrunner of Christian conservatives, Barrett frustrated Democrats on the Judiciary Committee this month by avoiding questions on abortion, presidential powers, climate change, voting rights, Obamacare and other Elle issues criticized the rulings confirming Obamacare but said during its confirmation that it had no agenda to overturn the measure

Democrats were furious that Republicans moved forward with Barrett’s confirmation so close to an election, after refusing in 2016 to act on a nomination by Barack Obama because it was an election year Republicans are hoping that Barrett’s confirmation may give Trump and senators seeking re-election a boost

Democrats consider structural reform of Senate and court, if they regain control Republicans say such reforms, including expansion of court, would be dangerous

Barrett, 48, has been a Federal Court of Appeal judge since 2017 Prior to that, she was a lawyer at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana Trump touted her appointment at a campaign rally in New York Hampshire Sunday

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World News – AU – « They can’t do anything for This ‘: McConnell reels in Barrett’s Supreme Court vote



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