Three GOP Senators have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past two days leading Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to announce today that Senate floor proceedings will be postponed until October 19.
Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, both sit on the Judiciary Committee, tested positive on Friday and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin announced his positive result this morning.
While the Senate proceedings are postponed, the confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett for SCOTUS will go on as planned beginning October 12.
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“The important work of the Senate’s committees can and will continue as each committee sees fit,” McConnell said in a statement. “The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham.”
McConnell went on to say, “Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method that has seen some Senators appear physically at its hearings while other members have participated virtually.” Senators will be given a 24 hour notice should a vote need to take place prior October 19.
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Senate floor proceedings will be postponed until October 19th. The @SenJudiciary confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court will convene on October 12th as scheduled by Chairman Graham. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/7ThKZPJBZG
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 3, 2020