“The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote next week on President Trump’s choice.”
Tiger Beat’s morning email thingie:
BARRETT BOYCOTT — The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote today on approving Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. But don’t expect Senate Democrats to be there.
In protest of the GOP’s lightning-fast effort to confirm ACB before the election, Democrats are planning to sit out the committee markup. And instead, they plan to place pictures of people who have been impacted by the Affordable Care Act on their empty seats, per CNN’s Manu Raju, as the party tries to hammer home the message that the public’s health care is in jeopardy if ACB is confirmed.
The statement, from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Judiciary Dems: “This has been a sham process from the beginning. … Throughout the hearings last week, committee Democrats demonstrated the damage a Justice Barrett would do – to health care, reproductive freedoms, the ability to vote, and other core rights that Americans cherish. We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway.”
But it doesn’t look like their boycott will stop the GOP from moving forward. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said they can still hold the vote without Dems present. “Judge Barrett deserves a vote and she will receive a vote,” Graham said. “Judge Barrett deserves to be reported out of committee and she will be reported out of committee. Judge Barrett deserves to be on the Supreme Court and she will be confirmed.” The latest from Marianne: https://politi.co/3kpS0GA.
Related read: “Supreme Court vote tears at Judiciary Committee relationships,” from Roll Call’s Todd Ruger: https://bit.ly/3kmHUWS.
And we will note that the public opinion of Judge Coathangers improved during the hearings:
Following four days of hearings, 51 percent of voters said the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court, up 3 percentage points from the week before and an increase of 14 points since Trump announced her nomination on Sept. 26. It’s a higher level of support than Morning Consult measured at any time during the confirmation processes for Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — the two other jurists Trump has tapped for the high court during his presidency.