The leader of the Republican majority in the US Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell, announced Tuesday that the House will vote next Monday, 8 days before the presidential elections, to appoint Judge Amy Connie Barrett, President Donald Trump’s candidate, as a member of the Supreme Court.
“We will vote next Monday to confirm the appointment of Judge Barrett,” McConnell said during a news conference.
This step, he added, will be one of the important steps that we will take in the name of the law.
On 26 September, Trump nominated this 48-year-old conservative judge to succeed the progressive and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died eight days earlier of cancer at the age of 87.
Despite Democrats’ objection to this nomination and their demand that the Senate wait for the election result before deciding on it, Trump and his Republican allies proceeded with procedures for appointing Barrett to the highest judicial body in the United States by holding hearings in the Senate, which must approve this appointment in order to become Take effect.
Last week, the Senate Justice Committee held Judge Barrett’s hearings that lasted 3 days.
During those sessions, Judge Barrett, who attended the Senate with 6 of her seven children, acknowledged that her Catholic faith plays an important role in her life, but at the same time pledged to separate her religious beliefs from her work as a judge.
Faced with the barrage of sharp questions that flooded her, Barrett, a judge at the Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago, refused to disclose her positions on a number of hot topics, foremost among which is the right to abortion.
The Senate Justice Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday for a first procedural vote that will allow discussions to begin during a plenary session held the next day, followed by several steps that are necessary before moving to the final vote scheduled for Monday.
The confirmation of Barrett in the position is almost a foregone conclusion given the majority enjoyed by the Republicans in the Senate (53 seats out of 100), despite the announcement of two Republican senators who refused to vote for the judge.
Thus, Barrett will be able to take the oath and join the Supreme Court on the eve of the presidential elections that will take place next Tuesday.