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McConnell says Barrett confirmation hearings will go forward after 3 GOP Senators test positive for COVID-19

Senator Mitch McConnell has announced plans to push forward with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s original timeline set for the confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett.

3 GOP Senators have tested positive for COVID-19 – Mike Lee (UT), Thom Tillis (NC) and Ron Johnson (WI).

Some opponents of Barrett being confirmed have argued the hearings should be delayed in wake of the positive tests.

In a statement, McConnell said “the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene on October 12th as Chairman Graham has scheduled to begin confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.”

He added “the Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham.”

McConnell also tweeted “Senate floor proceedings will be postponed until October 19th. The @SenJudiciary confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court will convene on October 12th as scheduled by Chairman Graham. My full statement:”

Chad Pergram of Fox News tweeted:

1) Now that 2 GOP Judiciary Cmte mbrs have tested positive, a look at Senate Judiciary Cmte rules: “When a recorded vote is taken in the Committee on any bill, resolution, amendment, or any other question, a quorum being present, Members who are unable to attend the meeting…

2)…may submit votes by proxy, in writing or by telephone, or through personal instructions. A proxy must be specific with respect to the matters it addresses.”