Graham Is Openly Breaking Senate Rules To Have Barrett On Court By Election Day
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ignored a committee rule on Thursday requiring two members of the minority party to be present before scheduling a committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.
Graham, with the support of GOP senators, moved to leapfrog a committee rule that requires two members of the minority party to be present before a nomination is formally held over. When Graham called up the vote, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was the only Democratic member of the panel present. But Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) showed up mid-vote, giving Graham a second Democratic senator.
When Durbin pointed out that he could not bring up the vote to schedule a vote on Barrett's nomination without a second Democratic senator present, Graham replied, "With all due respect, we've had this problem in the past. ... If we create this problem for you in the future, you're going to do what I'm going to do, which is move forward on the business on the committee."
But Democrats had signaled they did not intend to boycott Thursday's vote.
- The committee vote was scheduled for Oct. 22.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said a full Senate floor debate on Barrett’s nomination will begin the following day, Oct. 23.