The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle Sunday for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court, bringing the 48-year-old judge one step closer to confirmation to the high court.
In a 51-48 vote, the Senate kicked off 30 hours of debate on Barrett’s nomination, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday evening, just eight days before the Nov. 3 election. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential nominee, wasn’t present for the vote.
The Senate is expected to remain in session overnight into Monday. Barrett’s all-but-certain confirmation will cement a conservative tilt on the court for decades to come.
McConnell, just after the Senate votes to limit debate on Amy Coney Barrett: “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) October 25, 2020
JUST IN: Senate votes 51-48 to proceed to the final vote confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
The Senate will now have up to 30 hours of debate time ahead of the final vote to confirm Barrett, expected Monday night.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 25, 2020