Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, will attend Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings remotely, according to her Senate office.
“Due to Judiciary Committee Republicans’ refusal to take common sense steps to protect members, aides, Capitol complex workers, and members of the media, Senator Harris plans to participate in this week’s hearings remotely from her Senate office in the Hart building,” a spokesperson for the California Democrat said in a statement on Sunday.
Barrett’s confirmation hearings will begin on Monday. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have both tested positive for the coronavirus, and Senate Democrats, including Harris, last week called for the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), to implement testing measures for members and staffers ahead of the hearings.