Since noon on Sunday, U.S. Senators have remained in session to debate considering Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Democratic members have remained opposed to the idea of adding another conservative to a lifetime appointment on the country’s highest court and attempted to filibuster the process.
Following a 51 to 48 vote on Sunday evening to formally end the Democratic filibuster, the chamber will now proceed with a full-floor vote for her confirmation.
While members will now debate the nominee’s merits, they are just hours away from a final vote to confirm her.
It's 7am Monday morning and the US Senate has remained in session all night since Sunday at 12 Noon debating Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination. About 12 1/2 hours of floor debate remain prior to her confirmation vote. @cspan 2 https://t.co/vyHmxDp0OI pic.twitter.com/UHY0dUP4YW
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) October 26, 2020
USA Today reports the confirmation is expected to pass given Republicans outnumber Democrats 53-47.
Such an outcome would give the United States Supreme Court its 6th conservative member with John Roberts, Jr., Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Jr., Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh.
The liberals on the court, following the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, include Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor.
The Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court in a vote Monday evening, capping off a sprint to place her on the high court before Election Day over Democratic objections. https://t.co/tIadU6fCMf
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 26, 2020
USA Today adds:
Over the weekend, senators debated Barrett’s nomination with Democrats noting what is at stake with Barrett’s appointment, notably the future of the nation’s health care under the Affordable Care Act, and Republicans highlighting her career and her qualifications to serve on the nation’s highest court.
“The Senate is doing the right thing. We’re moving this nomination forward and colleagues, by tomorrow night we’ll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a lengthy speech on the Senate floor Sunday afternoon.
McConnell, who called Barrett one of the “most qualified nominees for judicial service that we have seen in our lifetimes,” noted that while Democrats might be able to roll back Republican policy achievements in the years to come, Barrett’s expected confirmation to the high court could not be undone.
#ACB will get confirmed today, and our Supreme Court will be buttressed by one more Justice that will defend our Constitution.
We can’t afford to let Democrats undo her confirmation by packing the Court.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) October 26, 2020