Judiciary Committee Advances Amy Coney Barrett Nomination, Despite Democratic Boycott

(TheFreedomFlag.com)- By unanimous vote of all who were present, Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court was advanced to the full Senate on Thursday morning.

The 12-0 vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee came from all 12 Republican members on the committee. The 10 Democratic members all boycotted the vote, choosing instead to put pictures of people who have Obamacare in their seats. This was a symbolic move, they said, since the Affordable Care Act will be one of the main cases before the Supreme Court in the coming weeks.

Democrats have accused Republicans from the beginning of the process of rushing Barrett’s nomination through the system so she can be confirmed before Election Day. With another case regarding Obamacare set to be heard by the Supreme Court in the near future, liberals accused Republicans of rushing the process so they could have another conservative justice on the high court.

Senate committee rules state that in order for a quorum to be obtained, at least nine members of the committee must be present for a vote, with at least two members of the minority party. The Judiciary Committee didn’t have that quorum since all Democrats boycotted the vote.

But, Republicans moved forward anyway, saying that rule 26 of the Senate supersedes the Judiciary Committee’s rules. That rule says “no measure or matter or recommendation shall be reported from any committee unless a majority of the committee were physically present.”

That didn’t stop Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from criticizing the process. In a statement released Wednesday, he said:

“This has been a sham process from the beginning. We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just 12 days before the culmination of an election that is already underway.

“We’re not giving a quorum they need to provide. The rules require it.”

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said they would be moving forward with Barrett’s nomination anyway. He reiterated that it’s not Judge Barrett’s fault that things aren’t going well between the parties in Washington, and she shouldn’t be punished for it.

He said of Barrett:

“She deserves to be reported out, and she will be reported out. She deserves better than this. The political system is broken. I get that. Plenty of blame to go around.”

Now that Barrett’s confirmation has been advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the full Senate may vote on confirmation on Monday. If it’s completed by then, it will be one of the quicker confirmation proceedings in recent times. Barrett’s confirmation will have taken a little more than a month from start to finish.

Democrats have been riled up about the hearing since the beginning. But the fact is that Republicans followed all the rules and did so with dignity. Even Dianne Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, thinks so.

Following the hearing, she hugged Graham and said:

“This is one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.”