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President Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court last night. The fight for the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a focus of the elections.
Barrett, 48, was a finalist for the Supreme Court spot, which went to Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. She was confirmed for her current term in 2017 on the 7th Court of Appeals, which covers Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Now the Republican-led Senate will begin the verification process for Barrett – and some GOP Senators have signaled that they will act quickly to take the nomination.
Here’s what we know about the next steps:
- Tuesday: Barrett is expected to be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to make courtesy calls, according to GOP sources. She will then also meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sources said.
- The week of October 12th: According to a likely timetable to be circulated in the Senate today, the Barrett’s confirmation hearing could begin October 12 with opening statements in the Senate Judiciary Committee. There would be rounds of questioning on October 13 and 14, and there would be a closed session with external witnesses on October 15.
- October 29th: That schedule would allow for a confirmatory vote by October 29 and achieve a pre-election schedule behind which the White House and Congressional Republicans are increasingly uniting.