Republicans Push Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination Forward in Effort To Fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Seat

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate for a full vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.

The panel, led by Republicans, voted 12-0 on Thursday morning, while Democratic lawmakers boycotted the vote. According to The Hill, all 12 Republicans on the committee voted for her nomination while no Democrats voted. The Democratic lawmakers, however, put boards in their seats of people who would be impacted if the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court.

Since President Donald Trump nominated Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there has been a lot of pushback from Democrats. Trump and Republicans have been criticized for pushing her nomination through quickly ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The committee chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said on Thursday, “As you know our Democratic colleagues informed the committee last night that they will not participate in the hearing, that was their choice.”

He continued, “It will be my choice to vote the nominee out of committee. We’re not going to allow them to take over the committee.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Judiciary Committee Democrats said in a joint statement on Wednesday, “This has been a sham process from the beginning.”

Barrett is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Monday. This would make it a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court.