Two US Senators from Indiana and a former law professor will introduce Judge Amy Coney Barrett in America on Monday as the Senate confirmation hearings begin for the Supreme Court candidate.
Sens. Todd Young and Michael Braun, both Republicans, and Patricia O’Hara, a former professor at Notre Dame Law School, will speak at the beginning of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to new information released by the committee Friday night.
The Trio von Hoosiers will each deliver a 5-minute speech on Barrett’s qualification for the Supreme Court before Barrett is sworn in to President Trump’s election to a court post created by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 1
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Barrett, a judge on the Seventh Court of Appeals, will then forward her opening address to the committee to conclude the first day of her confirmatory hearing.
Barrett’s questioning is set to begin Tuesday, when Senate Democrats on committee are expected to grill them on issues related to health care, abortion, and gun rights.
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Barrett graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. After working for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and working in a private practice, she returned to Notre Dame in 2002 as a professor of law. Her colleague Fighting Irish Faculty supported her successful 2017 nomination at the Federal Court of Appeals.
O’Hara is a former dean of the law school and a mentor and friend of Barrett’s. In an article on O’Hara’s resignation, Barrett praised O’Hara’s encouragement and kindness.
“Despite her many responsibilities, she came to see me with gifts when my children were born and never forgot a birthday,” said Barrett, a mother of seven, of her mentor.
Monday’s hearing will usher in an ambitious timetable that Senate Republicans have set to uphold Trump’s third Supreme Court election in the November 3rd election. Republicans have a 53-47 majority over 45 Democrats and two independents in the upper chamber, and the GOP appears to have the votes to endorse Barrett, though Democrats are shouting that the process is just days before the Americans decide on Control of the White House and the government is illegal Senate.
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One challenge to confirmation is the coronavirus outbreak in the White House, which has spread to at least three GOP Senate members, including two members of the Justice Committee.
Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, RS.C., will chair the Capitol Hill hearing in person, but every Senator on the committee will have the opportunity to appear virtually to stop the virus from spreading.
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The two Republican committee members, Sens. Thom Tillis from North Carolina and Mike Lee from Utah, announced last week that they were isolating.
The hearing on Monday begins at 9:00 am with an opening speech by Graham. The panel’s top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Will follow with her remarks.
Then each of the 20 other senators on the panel can speak for 10 minutes each.
When all the senators are finished, Young, Braun, and O’Hara introductions begin.
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After all of this, Barrett will get her first chance to speak.
The hearings are expected to last through Thursday, with an expected committee vote on October 22 on the advancement of Barrett’s Senate nomination.
If that schedule applies, Barrett could get a full Senate vote by the end of October, making her the fifth woman to receive a lifelong Supreme Court appointment.