Senate Republicans ready quick push on Barrett

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Sunday (September 27), demanding Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat not be filled until after the Presidential election.

Across the street, anti-abortion protestors also rallied, calling for the confirmation of President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

The demonstrations came as Senate Republicans prepare a concerted push toward quickly confirming Barrett.

Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows predicted the upper chamber will lay out an aggressive timeline.

"We've been in conversations with Leader McConnell, with Chairman Graham, he is going to put forth a pretty aggressive schedule for hearings and markups that we believe will happen in the middle part of October. And if all goes well, then certainly a- a vote on the floor sometime before the election."

Trump has urged Republicans, who hold a Senate majority, to confirm Barrett by the Nov. 3 election.

But Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, say the pick should come from the winner of the election.

Schumer: "To put someone on the court whose views are the exact opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, at a time when she asked with her dying wish that we wait until the next election to choose somebody, is just appalling."

Despite their strenuous objections, Democrats appear powerless to stop Trump and his Republican allies from confirming his Supreme Court choice.

Barrett is expected to begin meetings with individual senators on Tuesday.

Video Transcript

- Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Sunday demanding Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat not be filled until after the Presidential election.

Across the street, anti-abortion protesters also rallied, calling for the confirmation of President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

The demonstrations came as Senate Republicans prepare a concerted push toward quickly confirming Barrett.

MARK MEADOWS: We're optimistic.

- And speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows predicted the upper chamber will lay out an aggressive timeline.

MARK MEADOWS: We've been in conversations with Leader McConnell, with Chairman Graham, he is going to put forth a pretty aggressive schedule for hearings and markups that we believe will happen in the middle part of October. And if all goes well, then certainly a-- a vote on the floor sometime before the election.

- Trump has urged Republicans, who hold a Senate majority, to confirm Barrett by the November 3 election.

But Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, say the pick should come from the winner of the election.

CHUCK SCHUMER: To put someone on the court whose views are the exact opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at a time when she asked as her dying wish that we wait till the next election to choose somebody, is just appalling.

- Despite their strenuous objections, Democrats appear powerless to stop Trump and his Republican allies from confirming his Supreme Court choice.

Barrett is expected to begin meetings with individual senators on Tuesday.