Senate Justice Chairman Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) is due to begin the hearings for Barrett on October 12. Republicans are planning a committee vote on the nomination on October 22nd. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that the confirmation process was “full speed ahead” despite the possible coronavirus outbreak in the White House.
Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), Chairman of the Senate Minority, and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Member of the Judiciary Committee, called for a reassessment of this plan in the light of Lee’s diagnosis: “Health and safety must set the timeline for the entire Senate Activities, including hearings. “
However, Lee said he expected to support Barrett on the committee.
“I spoke to Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham and assured them that I would be back to work in time to work with my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to advance the Supreme Court nomination,”
Lee’s bodyman, an aide who spends most of the time in physical proximity to Lee, tested negative, according to his office.
Lee tests positive along with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) And Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) And Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Also tested positive for antibodies to the disease.