Republican senators want to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court as soon as possible.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court justice, is holding a series of informal meetings with senators on Tuesday, including Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials were also present in the Senate conference room, where Barrett and McConnell posed for reporters.
Pence stressed that it is necessary to hold the hearing in a “respectful” manner, and then quickly approve Barrett’s candidacy.
“We truly believe that judge Barrett represents America’s best qualities, with outstanding intelligence and extensive experience,” Pence told reporters.
Republicans hold 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate, so confirmation of Barrett’s nomination is almost guaranteed. Still, in light of the upcoming elections, Democrats may try to complicate and delay the process. If Barrett is confirmed, the conservative majority on the court will increase to 6 votes out of 9.
Neither Pence nor McConnell responded to questions about the timing of the vote or whether Barrett should withdraw from election-related cases that could go to trial.
Barrett’s confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin on October 12.
On Tuesday, Barrett will also meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and other Republicans on the Committee, including Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee, and Mike Crapo.
Graham said the Committee is likely to vote on Barrett’s nomination on October 22, with a final vote in the full Senate scheduled later in the month.
Democrats are likely to demand a promise from Barrett that she will refuse to participate in election-related cases if such disputes reach the Supreme Сourt.
Democrats also point out that Barrett can play a crucial role in the repeal of the affordable care act, which is scheduled to be heard on November 10.
During her time on the court of appeal, Barrett has demonstrated a commitment to conservative principles. Abortion rights advocates warn that her appointment to the Supreme Court could jeopardize a landmark ruling from 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide.