WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Thursday formally scheduled an Oct. 22 vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to serve as a Supreme Court justice, despite objections by Democrats.
Graham set the vote on the nomination for next Thursday at 1 p.m. ET and the full Senate floor vote is expected to take place ahead of Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters in Kentucky on Thursday that he plans to begin floor consideration Oct. 23, which would likely lead to a final vote the following week.
Democrats on the committee protested the quick nature of the confirmation process, and an attempt to delay the vote by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was rejected. Several Democrats called the hearings a “sham.”