During a press conference on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for a delay on Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote because of COVID-19.
“It makes no sense.” Schumer said. “If it’s not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it’s not safe for the hearings to go forward.”
“For Mitch McConnell to go ahead with the hearing endangers the safety not only of senators, but of staff who work diligently on the Hill, and they ought to be delayed.” Schumer added. “There is no reason on God’s green earth why these shouldn’t be delayed other than an effort to rush a witness through in an inadequate hearing where people can’t even see the witness face to face. So, we are demanding today, along with millions of Americans and many, many groups, that the hearings be postponed.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has pointed out that any senator that is worried about the safety of the hearings is able to participate in the confirmation hearings virtually.
Graham tweeted, “I feel fine and look forward to the hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 12. Any Senator who wants to participate virtually will be allowed to do so.”
I feel fine and look forward to the hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 12.
Any Senator who wants to participate virtually will be allowed to do so.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 2, 2020