(ThePatriotSource.com)- All the ducks are in order for the Senate to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice on Monday night.
On Sunday, Senate Republicans cleared what was one final hurdle for her confirmation vote. A 51-48 procedural vote will cap the debating on Barrett’s nomination to 30 hours, meaning the full Senate vote on her confirmation is set to take place later on Monday.
Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) were the two Republican senators to vote against the procedural vote to limit debate. Only a simple majority of 51 votes was needed to pass the procedural vote. California Senator Kamala Harris didn’t vote. She’s the vice presidential nominee for the Democrats.
Despite voting against limiting debate, Murkowski did say on Saturday that she would vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court. Before the confirmation hearings began, Murkowski signaled that she didn’t feel it was appropriate to confirm a nominee before the November 3 presidential election.
Following the procedural vote passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said:
“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.”
Despite objections from Democrats, Barrett should be confirmed with ease by the full Senate.
Controversy has been surrounding the nomination process of Barrett from the very beginning. Her nomination process will be among the quickest in recent history, as most Supreme Court nominees normally take a few months to confirm from start to finish. Republicans have been pushing through Barrett’s nomination before Election Day, though.
Over the weekend, more controversy entered the picture, though, when it was announced that Vice President Mike Pence would preside over the confirmation vote. The issue Democrats have with this is that five people who are close to Pence have recently tested positive for coronavirus. One of those people is Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff.
Pence has so far tested negative, though.
That didn’t stop the liberals from complaining, though. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said:
“The vice president is maintaining his campaign schedule and, inexplicably, intends to preside over the Senate chamber tomorrow evening. Their carelessness with the health and safety of their colleagues and Capitol employees mirrors their carelessness with the health and safety of Americans during this crisis.”
As a result, Schumer is telling Democratic Senators they shouldn’t congregate in the chamber of the Senate, and should cast their votes quickly.
Barrett has been serving as a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since she was appointed to that position in 2017 by President Donald Trump. Before that, she served for 15 years as a law professor at Notre Dame Law School.
Once she is confirmed, conservatives will have a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court. This gives conservatives the extra cushion they’ve been seeking. This is important to conservatives, as Chief Justice John Roberts has sided with liberals multiple times on major decisions recently.