The vote, which Democrats boycotted, opens the way for the full Senate to consider the candidate.
On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved the President’s proposed nominee for justice, Amy Coney Barrett, to serve on the Supreme Court for life, paving the way for a full Senate debate and vote.
12 votes adopted the decision, none of those who voted against it. All 10 Democrats on the Committee boycotted the vote.
Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, commenting on the boycott, said: “We will not allow them to take over the Committee.”
Before the vote, Graham said that this was a “historic moment for conservatives.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, announcing the boycott, said: “This trial was a farce from the very beginning.” He added that the Democrats do not want to “add legitimacy to this process by their participation.”
Schumer also reiterated his party’s position, which opposes the appointment of a new judge so soon before the election and believes that the candidate should be nominated by the one who wins the election.
He recalled how, when a vacancy occurred on the Supreme Court in 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland. Still, Republicans blocked the process, saying they should let voters decide who should choose the next judge.
“When Merrick garland was nominated eight months before the election, we had to wait for the election. Now that the election is underway, we are rushing through the nomination process. This is one of the worst moments in the history of the Senate,” Schumer said.
He called Barrett’s confirmation process “hasty, biased, and illegitimate.”
“Graham denounced the boycott, saying Judge Barrett “deserves a vote, whether for or against.”
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a procedural vote in the full Senate on Sunday. In this case, the final vote on Barrett’s candidacy may take place on Monday.
If Trump’s nominee is confirmed, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority will increase to 6 votes out of 9.