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Saturday, October 03, 2020

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has tested positive for coronavirus after being exposed to someone with the virus earlier this week, according to his spokesman, making him the third GOP senator to test positive in 24 hours and threatening the quick confirmation prospects of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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"Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sit on the Judiciary Committee, tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday -- just days after attending a White House event where President Donald Trump nominated Barrett.

Multiple attendees of that event, including Trump, have tested positive in the week since the ceremony, which featured many people not wearing masks and not observing social distancing protocols."

"If the three senators remain out this month, it would effectively prevent Barrett from being confirmed to the Supreme Court until they return, which could be after Election Day during a lame-duck session. A lame-duck confirmation is a situation that GOP leaders are eager to avoid in case they lose control of the chamber next month."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-03 10:43 AM | Reply

Right now, both the reportedly asymptomatic Tillis and Lee are only isolating for 10 days, meaning they're both planning on being at the committee hearings starting on the 12th.

Rona, however, hasn't yet issued any comments about her future plans. And she's the one now in control, not Mitch, not Lindsey, and certainly not Trump.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-03 11:19 AM | Reply

Not going to happen, the Judiciary Committee has been operating on a hybrid basis all summer.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-10-03 02:40 PM | Reply

The government is not operating due to incompetence. These people should not have the ability to do important work like appointing a SCOTUS Justice.

No competence!

#4 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-10-03 07:12 PM | Reply

Republicans will drag their corpses into the Senate chambers in order to put this religious whacko on the Supreme Court.

Anything they can in order to infringe on the freedoms and rights of others.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-10-03 07:19 PM | Reply

Not going to happen, the Judiciary Committee has been operating on a hybrid basis all summer.

Hearings, but not voting. There are no rules that allow recorded votes remotely.

And the Democrats are balking at remote hearings for a SCOTUS seat saying that they have to be done safely and in person, neither of which can be guaranteed in this moment.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-03 07:31 PM | Reply

There are no rules that allow recorded votes remotely.

Can't they just make one?

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-03 07:36 PM | Reply

#7

As I understand it, such a change would have to be voted on and would never pass cloture. I believe earlier in the year the Dems were for it but McConnell was not.

In the Senate, McConnell has continued to oppose remote-voting proposals even as he's pushed forward with reconvening in spite of Monahan's warning.

www.brookings.edu

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-03 07:41 PM | Reply

I believe earlier in the year the Dems were for it but McConnell was not.

Has he ever changed his mind about things like that? :-)

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-03 08:20 PM | Reply

The Rules Are The Rules (until they get in the way of what you want to do).

#10 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-10-04 12:12 PM | Reply

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