During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate will vote on Monday to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“We’ll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday” McConnell said. “And I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of the judge is to actually follow the law.”
With 53 Republicans in the Senate, Barrett is expected to easily be confirmed. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), an outspoken critic of President Trump who was seen as a possible swing vote for Barrett’s confirmation, has stated he would vote for her:
“After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court. She is impressive, and her distinguished legal and academic credentials make it clear that she is exceptionally well qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court justice.” Romney said. “I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences.”
Romney added, “My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”