Democrats will boycott Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance the nomination of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Chuck Schumer announced late Wednesday.
Still, given the Republican majority in the Senate, Barrett’s nomination is expected to advance.
The AP reports: “Democrats have said they will boycott the vote in protest, but majority Republicans say they will proceed anyway under the panel’s rules. … Republicans are expected to easily confirm Barrett once her nomination reaches the Senate. … Still, senators will have to pass through several procedural steps before the final tally. In addition to boycotting the committee hearing, Democrats objecting to the nomination are expected to force multiple floor votes over the weekend, potentially keeping Republican senators in Washington who would otherwise be at home campaigning.”