A final vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is expected today — just over a week ahead of Election Day. Senate Republicans voted Sunday to move forward with the confirmation, ending a Democratic filibuster that sought to delay proceedings. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said Saturday she would join Republican colleagues and vote to confirm Barrett, despite voting against moving forward her confirmation Sunday. Mike Pence is expected to preside over the confirmation, as many senators question his attendance in light of his likely exposure to COVID-19 and despite Republicans having enough votes to confirm.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett would be Trump’s third appointee to the Supreme Court and the sixth conservative justice on the bench. During her Senate hearing, she refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border and presidential powers in relation to the elections.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is deflecting questions about his health, after he was photographed on Capitol Hill with black and blue bruises above his upper lip and black and blue on one of his hands. Last Thursday, McConnell replied, “Of course not,” when asked by reporters if he has any medical issues.