US Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as she begins a series of meetings to prepare for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill. | Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images
The Senate is out until October 19 due to Covid-19. Barrett’s confirmation hearings will continue.
Even so, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are still moving forward with their October 12 Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett — even though two Republican members of the committee have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
“According to the standing rules of the U.S. Senate, committees may convene regardless of whether or not the Senate is in session,” a Judiciary Committee spokesperson said in a statement released Saturday. “The Senate Judiciary Committee … will proceed with the consideration of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney…