Supreme Court nominee Barrett begins 2nd round of questions in Senate conf hearings
The nominee will face her final round of questions on Wednesday
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is facing a final round of questions Wednesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Democrats on the panel expected to question her about such key issues as the Affordable Care Act, abortion and voting rights.
On Tuesday, the first day of questions, Barrett, like many past nominees, repeatedly declined to speculate on how she might rule in hypothetical cases that could be presented to her following confirmation.
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, the committee’s chairman, concluded Tuesday’s hearing by commending the participants for what he called a “good interchange.”
“I hope the American people understand that this is the way that it should be,” said Graham, who was notably stirred in the days following the repeatedly hostile exchanges that took place during now-SCOTUS justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in 2018.
On Wednesday, Senators will have 20-minutes to ask questions, as opposed to the 30 they had Tuesday.
Graham has said he expects a committee vote by Oct. 22. If the GOP-led committee votes in favor of recommending Barrett to the high court, as expected, she would then face a full Senate vote, which she is also expected to pass. Republicans have 53 of the 100 Senate seats.
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