According to a report by The Hill, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are planning to boycott the committee vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday for her Supreme Court nomination.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other committee Democrats stated that the push to nominate Barrett is a "sham process" and accused Republicans of breaking "the promises and rules." .
"Fearing a loss at the ballot box, Republicans are showing that they do not care about the rules or what the American people want, but are concerned only with raw political power," they declared. "We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway."
The Hill reports:
Democrats, instead, are expected to hold two press conferences on Thursday.
Under Judiciary Committee rules, 12 members have to be present in order to report a nomination to the floor — a requirement Republicans can meet on their own if every GOP senator is present.
But the rules also require two members of the minority party to be present in order to transact business.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned reporters on Wednesday that he will hold a vote on the nomination — previously scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday — regardless of whether Democratic senators show up.
Graham, in a statement on Wednesday evening, pledged that Barrett "deserves a vote and she will receive a vote."
“As to my Democratic colleagues’ refusal to attend the markup, that is a choice they are making. I believe it does a disservice to Judge Barrett who deserves a vote, up or down," Graham said.
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