Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday that the full Senate will not return until Oct. 19 — two weeks later than planned — after three GOP senators tested positive for the coronavirus.
But McConnell also vowed that the Senate would still move ahead with Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, with the Senate Judiciary Committee set to begin confirmation hearings on Oct. 12. Still, the growing infection in the GOP ranks could be a problem.
Three Republican senators announced positive coronavirus diagnoses in the past 24 hours, including one, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Saturday morning. Two more GOP senators have said they are quarantining, which significantly narrows the GOP 53-member majority.