Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation edges closer after Sunday vote

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Democrats not to congregate in the Senate chamber and to cast their votes "quickly and from a safe distance".

Murkowski, one of the Republican Party's most moderate lawmakers, was the only Republican to oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation in 2018.

Pence is indeed tested regularly, and his office said Saturday night and Sunday morning that both he and his wife, Karen Pence, were negative for the coronavirus.

Barrett, 48, presented herself in public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a neutral arbiter and at one point suggested, "It's not the law of Amy".

Liberals fear this could open up a potential new era for rulings on some of the most contested subjects in the USA, including abortion, gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

But civil rights lawyers and election law experts said the vote in the Pennsylvania case indicates at least four conservatives may be willing to look at state court election-related decisions in a way that calls to mind Bush v. Gore.

"Assuming that motion prevails, when we reach a final vote, I will vote to confirm Judge Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court". Because the Republican caucus holds a 53-47 voting edge in the Senate, Barrett's nomination would have likely passed without Murkowski's support.

Most Republicans are supporting Barrett's confirmation.

"I mean, we don't need his vote", Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said.

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However, the Alaska Republican said she will vote against cloture on Barrett's nomination, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, explaining that she believes Barrett's confirmation vote should happen after Election Day.

The only Republicans voting against the cloture motion were Sens.

"She's a conservative woman who embraces her faith, she's unabashedly pro-life but she's not going to apply "the law of Amy" to all of us", said the committee chairman, Sen.

Democrats decried the "sham" process and said Barrett would undo much of what was accomplished by liberal icon Ginsburg.

Democrats were incensed that Republicans moved forward with Barrett's confirmation process so near an election after refusing in 2016 to allow the chamber to act on a Supreme Court nomination by Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, because it was an election year.

The Associated Press reported this week, "The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the November 3 election, rejecting a Republican plea in the presidential battleground state".

"I have no doubt about her intellect".

Democrats, on the other hand, are decrying Barrett's confirmation as a political act by President Trump to help him maintain the White House in a race that shows him consistently losing in the polls and as "voter suppression" tactic.

Judge Barrett, 48, has been a federal appeals court judge since 2017 and previously was a legal scholar at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Two Democrats joined at that time to confirm her, but none is expected to vote for her in the days ahead.

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