Judge Amy Coney Barrett left a Senate hearing room Wednesday with her confirmation prospects relatively assured, despite two days of aggressive questioning from Democrats who had hoped to block her from reaching the high court.
Democrats interrogated the 48-year-old federal judge for a second full day, pressuring her to reveal how she would consider cases related to Obamacare, abortion, voting rights, and President Trump.
But few hits landed.
Questioning concluded Wednesday. The Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Thursday from outside witnesses for and against Barrett’s nomination. The panel will also begin the process of voting on Oct. 22 to advance her nomination to the floor, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is planning to hold a vote on her nomination in the days before the Nov. 3 election. With 51 Republicans in favor of Barrett, her path to the Supreme Court is all but assured, barring any last-minute surprise.
Democrats said they intended the hearing