On Monday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to close the Senate until the presidential elections are over. The move was done as the Democrats continue to protest against the effort to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the month ends.
However, the Republicans were able to stall the move he made. First, Schumer forced a roll call vote to consider the Trump administration’s softening of a banking regulation regarding low-income borrowers. After that, he forced a vote on a motion to adjourn.
“Because our Republican colleagues have made such a mockery of the Supreme Court confirmation process, we are not going to have business as usual here in the Senate,” Schumer said Monday. “Tonight I will move to bring up a vote under the Congressional Review Act and force Action on a resolution to undo the Trump administration’s gutting … of the Community Reinvestment Act.”
The first vote failed, getting a 43-48. That was when Schumer motioned to adjourn the Senate until after the presidential election on November 3rd.
“This is the most rushed… most partisan, least legitimate Supreme Court nomination process in our nation’s history — in our nation’s entire history — and it should not proceed. Therefore, I will move to adjourn the Senate until after Nov. 3 election, with the ability to come back into session if there is a bipartisan agreement on a COVID relief package,” Schumer said.
The motion was at 48-42, with the Republicans successfully blocking Schumer’s attempt to shut down the Senate until after the presidential election.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote to report Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate on Thursday, which would mean the final confirmation vote will take place some time next week, depending on when McConnell schedules the vote.
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated that she has the deep legal expertise, dispassionate judicial temperament, and sheer intellectual horsepower that the American people deserve to have on their Supreme Court,” McConnell said Monday. “I look forward to the Judiciary Committee’s vote on Thursday. The full Senate will turn to Judge Barrett’s nomination as soon as it comes out of committee. I’ll be proud to vote to confirm this exceptional jurist.”