Republicans approve Supreme Court nominee Barrett for Senate vote, Democrats boycott hearing


The Republican-led Senate judiciary committee voted in favour of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime U.S. Supreme Court post on Thursday, with Democrats boycotting the proceedings after fiercely opposing her confirmation. Calling it a “groundbreaking, historic moment,” committee chair Lindsey Graham led the 22-member committee’s approval with unified support among its 12 Republican members, even with the Democrats vowing to stay away. Committee approval would pave the way for a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor planned by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for Monday. The confirmation of Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, would expand the top U.S. judicial body’s conservative majority to 6-3 if approved by the full chamber.

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