September 22, 2020 at 2:58 PM EDT
McConnell vows to press forward on Trump nominee however is noncommittal on timeline
By Donna Cassata and Seung Min Kim
Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) mentioned Tuesday that Republicans will transfer forward on the affirmation course of for Trump’s Supreme Court docket nominee however provided no specifics on the timing for a vote.
Talking to reporters after the weekly GOP lunch, McConnell mentioned Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) will lay out the plan for dealing with the nominee after Trump makes his announcement, which is extensively anticipated on Saturday.
Different Senate Republicans indicated that they anticipate the nominee to be somebody who has been vetted, most definitely a federal choose.
“When the nomination comes out of committee, then I’ll resolve when and tips on how to proceed,” McConnell mentioned.
Trump has mentioned he would really like the Senate to vote earlier than the Nov. three election, a fast turnaround on a nominee.
Republicans, who maintain a 53-47 majority, have signaled they are going to vote to substantiate Trump’s selection although they don’t know who he’ll select. Democrats are largely powerless to cease the GOP although they will decelerate the method.
On Tuesday, Democrats invoked the two-hour rule, which restricts the instances that almost all Senate committees and subcommittees can meet when the Senate is in session, to stop committees from assembly. The transfer was a type of protest over the push to fill the Supreme Court docket emptiness inside days of the election, in response to a Democratic aide who spoke on the situation of anonymity to explain inside selections.