Schumer and Durbin to huddle over Democratic voting strategy during Barrett confirmation

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Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will discuss what Democrats will do in the upcoming weeks so their members do not provide a quorum during confirmation proceedings of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Durbin told the Washington Examiner on Monday he knew of no strategy by Democrats to boycott a final floor vote of Barrett’s confirmation and said he planned to cast his vote during the final floor. Schumer had already declared on Sunday that his caucus would not provide a quorum for votes to advance Barrett’s confirmation in an effort to postpone the confirmation before the election.

“We will talk about it when the actual vote occurs in committee and on the floor. Democrats will not supply the quorum,” Schumer said. “Period.”

However, on Tuesday, Durbin indicated to the Washington Examiner that the confirmation environment appears to be changing because Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is speeding up the hearing schedule.

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