Republican senators said on Sunday they believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump’s reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes ‘than waitresses and undocumented immigrants’ Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left after Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg leaves us with belief in the ideal of ‘We the People’ Trump, Biden in virtual tie among North Carolina and Georgia voters: poll GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE died last week will be confirmed by November.
Despite widespread opposition from Senate Democrats, Republicans are pushing ahead with a vote on Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett just weeks ahead of Election Day. The Senate Judiciary Committee said it will start its hearing for the nominee on Oct. 12.
Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly MORE (R-Mo.) said Barrett will likely be confirmed before Election Day, but left the possibility open for a confirmation after the election.
“What I’ve said was, this needs to take all the time it needs to take, but it doesn’t need to take more time than it needs to take. I’ve talked to Senator [Lindsey] Graham about this, trying to make arrangements as the chairman of the Rules Committee for room and space and security and other things,” Blunt said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to the South Carolina senator who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“And he’s laid out a plan that I think meets all the standards of past hearings and could be done before Election Day. If for some reason it’s not done, we’ll do it after Election Day, but I think we’re likely to get this done sometime in the month of October,” Blunt added.
Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome MORE (R-Ark.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” Barrett will be confirmed to the Supreme Court “next month.” Cotton also dismissed accusations of hypocrisy based on contradicting statements he made in 2016 in blocking former President Obama’s nominee to fill a vacancy after Justice Antonin Scalia died about 10 months ahead of that year’s election.
Cotton argued the situation was different since the party controlling the Senate and White House were different, an argument GOP senators have made since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Trump’s Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the ‘wins’ Senate Republican says lawmakers can’t ‘boil down’ what a Court nominee would do in one case like Roe v. Wade MORE (R-Ky.) said he would push for a vote on Trump’s nominee this year just hours after Ginsburg’s death was announced.
Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) similarly defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy, stating the Constitution’s “provisions about filling a Supreme Court vacancy are unaffected by the electoral calendar.” He also predicted Barrett will be confirmed by November.
Democrats have tried to shift the focus of the debate of Barrett’s confirmation on healthcare, underscoring their opposition to the vote ahead by highlighting that the Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge over the Affordable Care Act one week after Election Day.
“What I am concerned about is anyone that President Trump would have appointed is there to undo the Affordable Care Act. That is why he’s in such a hurry,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Sunday Shows: Trump’s court pick dominates Durbin: Democrats can ‘slow’ Supreme Court confirmation ‘perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most’ MORE (D-Ill.) acknowledged there is little Democrats can do to halt the confirmation of Trump’s nominee.
He countered suggestions from Adam Jentleson, a deputy chief of staff for former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Durbin: Democrats can ‘slow’ Supreme Court confirmation ‘perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most’ Supreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink MORE (D-Nev.), that Senate Democrats could delay Barrett’s confirmation by denying unanimous consent to meet and holding a series of quorum calls.
“I know Adam. I like Adam and respect him, but he’s wrong,” Durbin said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We could slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome,” he added. “What we should do is to address this now respectfully.”