President Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court this evening. The battle for the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a focal point of the election.
Barrett, 48, was a finalist for the Supreme Court seat that went to Brett Kavanaugh in 201
Now, the Republican-led Senate will begin the confirmation process for Barrett – and some GOP senators have signaled that they will move quickly to accept the nomination.
Here’s what we know about the next steps:
- Tuesday: Barrett is expected to be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to begin courtesy calls, according to GOP sources. He will also meet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the sources said.
- The week of October 12: According to a probable program circulating in the Senate today, the hearing to confirm Barrett could begin on October 12, with the opening statements of the Senate judicial commission. There would be rounds of interrogation on October 13 and October 14, and there would be a closed session on October 15 with outside witnesses.
- October 29: That timing would allow for a confirmatory vote by October 29, reaching a pre-election timeline behind which the White House and Congressional Republicans are increasingly coalescing.