Preview of how things could get ‘tricky’ for Senate vote on Barrett

Preview of how things could get ‘tricky’ for Senate vote on Barrett
Amy Coney Barrett (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – As long as the votes are there, it shouldn’t matter.  But if Republicans continue at the current complacent, glacial pace, it could indeed mean holding the floor vote in the full Senate four days before the election – or even one.]

“If the committee finishes the nomination on October 22, the Senate can’t formally consider it until October 23. Keep in mind, that could begin at 12:00:01 am et Friday if McConnell really wants to hit the gas pedal,” [Fox reporter Chad Pergram] wrote. “McConnell must move to shift the Senate into executive session (versus legislative session) to specifically consider the Barrett nomination.”

Pergram added that this process requires a vote, but it’s not subject to a filibuster.


[I]f McConnell files cloture to end debate on Friday, October 23, Saturday, October 24 is the intervening day.

The cloture petition would ripen on Sunday, October 25. …

It’s more likely the Senate votes to end debate on the nomination on Monday, October 26, or later in the week.

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Pergram noted because of these procedural motions, the final vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination will probably fall between October 28-30.

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