Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) used the coronavirus diagnosis of three Republican senators last week to claim that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should postpone the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.
“If it’s not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it’s not safe for the hearings to go forward,” Schumer said on Sunday during a press conference.
“The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out,” McConnell said in a statement about the confirmation hearings, which are now scheduled to begin on October 12.
Two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thom Tillis (NC) and Mike Lee (UT) had positive coronavirus tests last week, but should be finished with their quarantines in time for the vote, now planned for on or around October 22.
“There is no reason on God’s green earth why this shouldn’t be delayed,” Schumer said. What about an election that may need to be decided by a Supreme Court that needs a tiebreaker? That’s a very good reason.
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