WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee officially set an Oct. 22 vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, with Republicans voting to move forward without Democrats on a timeline that could put her on the court by the end of the month.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois was the only Democrat who showed up to a committee business meeting Thursday morning to consider the nomination, which under the letter of committee rules meant there were not two members of the minority party to form a quorum to conduct business.

Chairman Lindsey Graham responded with a motion to hold the vote at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22, which Republicans backed. And the South Carolina Republican suggested Democrats would be able to do the same if Republicans tried to stop committee work.

“We’ve had this problem in the past, we’re dealing with it the way we are today,” Graham said. “If we create this problem for you in the future, you’re going to do what I’m going to do, which is move forward on the business of the committee.”

After that vote, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal entered the hearing room and made a motion to indefinitely postpone the committee’s consideration of Barrett’s nomination.

Blumenthal said there has been inadequate time to consider the nomination, and pointed to undisclosed documents in Barrett’s past. Graham responded that committee members already know the positions Barrett takes as an individual on issues such as abortion.

“There’s nothing out of the norm here in terms of the time we’ve given this matter,” Graham said. “We’ve had two days of hearings. Each member had 50 minutes so, with all due respect, we’ll call the roll.”

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DickD

Republicans have the votes it will be done. Elections have consequences. There will be changes.

pdl603

Maybe Dick, It could be that Trump get another pick or two during the next four years. The ‘There will be changes statement’ means what? Packing the court? I sure wish Ol Wheezy would say what he is going to do, don’t you,

DickD

You are mighty optimistic to think fraudulent Trump is going to win. What do you think about the 400 millions of dollars he owes Russia? How many bankruptcies does he need to prove he is no business man and certainly no leader.

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