Democrats object as Senate panel sets Barrett vote

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Thursday formally scheduled an Oct. 22 vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to serve as a Supreme Court justice, rejecting impassioned pleas by Democrats to delay the vote.

Sen. Blumenthal: "I believe that this rushed, sham process is a disservice to our committee."

Democrats on the committee protested the speed of the confirmation process, with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal calling for the vote to be delayed indefinitely, a motion that was unsuccessful in the Republican-led senate.

Sen. Blumenthal: "The purpose of doing it is simply to have a justice on the Supreme Court, as the president said, to decide the election, and to strike down the Affordable Care Act."

Democrats criticized the process going forward this close to an election, especially after Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee during the previous election.

Sen. Cory Booker: "Each of us are participating in the erosion of this body, and this is another example of that."

Meanwhile Graham said that there has been 'nothing out of the norm' and his fellow Republicans said they had every right to proceed.

Sen. Ted Cruz: "This committee moving forward is consistent with over two-hundred years of history."

President Donald Trump has asked the Senate, controlled by his fellow Republicans, to confirm Barrett before the Nov. 3 Presidential election and Trump has said he expects the court to decide the election's outcome.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin blasted Barrett for not answering whether a president can delay an election and questions related to transitions of power.

Sen. Durbin:"I'd be afraid to ask her about the presence of gravity on Earth - she may decline to answer."

Republicans defended Barrett, saying her refusal to give her opinion on cases demonstrated her independence. Later in the day, the committee on heard from four witnesses in support of Barrett's confirmation, and four against.

Video Transcript

LINDSEY GRAHAM: A motion to vote--

- Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham on Thursday formally scheduled an October 22 vote on Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to serve as a Supreme Court justice--

AMY KLOBUCHAR: You were just trying to ram through this justice--

- --Rejecting impassioned pleas by Democrats to delay the vote.

RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: I believe that this rushed, sham process is a disservice to our committee.

- Democrats on the committee protested the speed of the confirmation process, with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal calling for the vote to be delayed indefinitely, a motion that was unsuccessful in the Republican-led Senate.

RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: The purpose of doing it is simply to have a justice on the Supreme Court, as the president said, to decide the election and to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

- Democrats criticized the process going forward this close to the election, especially after Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee during the previous presidential election.

COREY BOOKER: And each of us are participating in the erosion of this body. And this is just yet another example of that.

- Meanwhile, Graham said that there has been nothing out of the norm and his fellow Republicans saying they had every right to proceed.

TED CRUZ: This committee moving forward is consistent with over 200 years of history and precedent.

- President Donald Trump has asked the Senate, controlled by his fellow Republicans, to confirm Barrett before the November 3 presidential election. And Trump said he expects the court to decide the election's outcome.

DICK DURBIN: What was the purpose of this hearing if we have reached the point now where we really don't know what she thinks about any issues?

- Democratic Senator Dick Durbin blasted Barrett for not answering whether a president can delay an election and questions related to transitions of power.

DICK DURBIN: I would be afraid to ask her about the presence of gravity on Earth. She may decline to answer because it may come up in a case. You know, it could come before the court someday.

- Republicans defended Barrett, saying her refusal to give her opinion on cases demonstrated her independence. Later in the day, the committee heard from four witnesses in support of Barrett's confirmation and four against.