Because he’s only concerned with power, like every other Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took advantage of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 illness to push a political objective.
Namely, to postpone the Senate’s consideration of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
As it turns out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is willing to suspend business in the chamber following the president’s illness and that of two GOP senators.
Just not Barrett’s nomination.
Three GOP Senators have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past two days leading Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to announce today that Senate floor proceedings will be postponed until October 19.
Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, both sit on the Judiciary Committee, tested positive on Friday and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin announced his positive result this morning.
While the Senate proceedings are postponed, the confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett for SCOTUS will go on as planned beginning October 12.
“The important work of the Senate’s committees can and will continue as each committee sees fit,” McConnell said in a statement. “The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham.
“Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method that has seen some Senators appear physically at its hearings while other members have participated virtually,” he added.
McConnell then said he won’t wait once Barrett’s nomination makes it out of the Judiciary Committee.
“I’m planning on moving to the nomination as soon as it comes out of committee,” he said, according to The Epoch Times.
And Schumer, who wanted Barack Obama’s third high court pick, Judge Merrick Garland, confirmed asap during the former president’s final year in office, complained.
“We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested positive for COVID, and there may be more. I wish my colleagues well,” Schumer wrote on Twitter. “It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing, and there is absolutely no good reason to do so.”
McConnell, however, rejected his whining.
“We’ve been operating in the same environment now since the 1st of May and been able to do Senate business. There’s no reason why we can’t continue to do that,” McConnell said.
McConnell noted earlier on Twitter Friday that he had talked to Trump about Barrett after the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
“He’s in good spirits and we talked business—especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,” McConnell wrote.
And so it shall be.
The literal fate of the country is at stake in this next election; the last thing Republicans need to do is let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect the Constitution with a pro-Constitution Supreme Court majority slip by them.
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