Senate Democrats unlikely to boycott Barrett confirmation vote despite procedural gripes

Senate Democrats unlikely to boycott Barrett confirmation vote despite procedural gripes


Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Monday that he knows of no Democrats who plan to boycott the final floor confirmation vote of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, following the close of the first day of her confirmation hearing.

“I’ve heard no speculation along those lines. I haven’t heard anything. I’m planning on voting on the floor unless my not voting stops her from moving forward. We’ll see,” Durbin told the Washington Examiner.

During a press conference on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared that Democrats would not provide a quorum for votes to advance Barrett’s confirmation in an effort to delay the confirmation before the election.

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“We will talk about when the actual vote occurs in committee and on the floor. Democrats will not supply the quorum,” Schumer said. “Period.”

A quorum is the minimum number of members necessary for a committee or a full Senate to conduct business and hold votes.

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