The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The 12-0 vote was boycotted by Democrats on the committee, who instead held a press conference, blasting the Republicans for moving forward with her nomination.
"The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is the most illegitimate process I have ever witnessed in the Senate. And her potential confirmation will have dire, dire consequences for the Senate. For the Supreme Court. And our entire country for generations to come," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he wasn't concerned that the Democrats decided to boycott the vote.
"That was their choice. It will be my choice to vote the nominee out of committee," Graham said before the vote. "We are not going to allow them to take over the committee. They made a choice not to participate."
Despite the objections from Democrats, Barrett's nomination will now move to the full Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a final vote on Barrett's nomination on Monday (October 26). She is expected to be confirmed by the Republican majority in the Senate.
"Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of the most highly qualified people to ever be nominated to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court," said Graham in a statement. "She will faithfully apply the law to the facts without personal agenda and fully understands the difference between an impartial judge and a political activist."
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