Nomination Moving Forward Despite Senate’s Coronavirus Cases

By 
The Associated Press

Washington – Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about the timing of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and whether other senators were exposed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the confirmation was going “full steam ahead.”

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee both said last Friday that they had tested positive for the virus. Both had attended a ceremony for Barrett at the White House on Sept. 25 with President Donald Trump, who has since announced he tested positive.

 Tillis and Lee said they would quarantine for 10 days – ending just before Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin on Oct. 12. Senate Republicans are pushing to quickly confirm Barrett in the few weeks they have before the Nov. 3 election. There is little cushion in the schedule set out by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and McConnell, who want to put a third Trump nominee on the court immediately in case they lose any of their power in the election.

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