So far, however, Graham has not made any additional test requirements. Senate Republicans also claim that since the coronavirus outbreak began, they have managed to keep the hearings safe by giving members the opportunity to participate remotely. The number of staff for this week’s hearings will also be limited.
Harris’ presence at the hearings is widely expected and comes just three weeks before the presidential election. Known for her style of questioning with prosecutors, Harris went viral in 2018 after grilling Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings into Special Envoy Robert Mueller̵
Many members are expected, according to a Democratic adviser. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), A member of the committee, recently said that he tends to attend physically because the face-to-face interactions can be far more meaningful. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said in a recent interview that she would attend the hearings in person.
Tillis is expected to be there in person on Tuesday, while Lee is undecided.
Barrett filed her opening statement with the committee on Sunday morning. The senators will deliver their opening speech on Monday and question them on Tuesday and Wednesday. Democrats plan to focus their questions on the future of the Affordable Care Act and Barrett’s previous criticism of Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold the law.
The committee plans to approve Barrett’s nomination on October 22nd. Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said Sunday that “Democrats do not provide the quorum” for the committee or the vote.
Senate Republicans and the White House plan to confirm Barrett before the November 3rd election.
Burgess Everett contributed to this report.