The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday backed the appointment of Judge Amy Connie Barrett, Donald Trump’s conservative candidate, to the Supreme Court, following the departure of Judge Ruth Ginsburg.
Democratic members boycotted this session, and Judge Barrett won the support of 12 Republican members of the committee, compared to 10 Democrats not attending.
This vote in the committee paves the way for Barrett to succeed Ginsburg, a liberal judge, as the Senate is expected to vote to confirm her in court next Monday.
Democrats are protesting against President Donald Trump’s choice of Barrett, and say he should have waited for the November 3 presidential election results.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quick to put Barrett’s name to the House for a vote, hoping to approve her choice to take her seat on the Supreme Court before Election Day.
Trump chose Judge Barrett, a 48-year-old conservative, to replace former Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon of the liberal wing of the court who died last month after a battle with cancer.