Two U.S. Senators from Indiana and a former law professor will introduce Judge Amy Coney Barrett to America on Monday, as high-risk Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee begin.
Sens. Todd Young and Michael Braun, both Republicans, and Patricia O’Hara, a former professor of Notre Dame Law School, will speak at the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to new details released by the committee on Friday night.
The trio of Hoosiers will each deliver a 5-minute speech on Barrett’s qualifications for high court before Barrett – President Trump’s choice to fill a vacant court seat created by the September 1
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Barrett, a seventh court of appeals judge, will then deliver his opening remarks to the commission to conclude the first day of the confirmatory hearings.
Barrett’s interrogation will begin in earnest on Tuesday, when Senate Democrats in committee are expected to question her on health care, abortion and gun rights issues.
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Barrett graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. After being employed by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and working in private practice, she returned to Notre Dame in 2002 as a law professor. His fellow Fighting Irish faculty members backed up his successful 2017 candidacy in the federal appeals court.
O’Hara is a former dean of law school and Barrett’s mentor and friend. In an article about O’Hara’s retirement, Barrett praised O’Hara’s encouragement and kindness.
“Despite her many responsibilities, she came to visit me with gifts when my children were born and she never forgets a birthday,” said Barrett, mother of seven, of her mentor.
Monday’s hearing will kick off an ambitious agenda set by Senate Republicans to confirm Trump’s third Supreme Court pick by the November 3 election. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority out of 45 Democrats and two independents in the upper house and the GOP appears to have votes to approve Barrett, despite Democrats’ protests that the trial is illegitimate just days before the Americans decide to take over the House. Bianca and Senate.
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A confirmation challenge is the White House coronavirus outbreak that has spread to at least three members of the Senate GOP, including two members of the judicial committee.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Will preside over the Capitol Hill hearing in person, but each senator on the committee will have a chance to appear virtually to stop the spread of the virus.
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The two members of the Republican committee tested positive for the virus, Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah announced last week that they were isolating themselves.
Monday’s hearing will begin at 9 with an opening speech from Graham. The top Democrat on the panel, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Will follow up with his remarks.
Then each of the other 20 senators on the jury will be able to speak for 10 minutes each.
When all the senators are done, introductions from Young, Braun and O’Hara will begin.
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After all of that, Barrett will have his first chance to speak.
Hearings are expected to last until Thursday, with an early vote from the committee on October 22 on the advancement of Barrett’s Senate appointment.
If that program holds, Barrett could receive a full vote in the Senate by the end of October, making her the fifth woman to earn a lifetime Supreme Court nomination.