The Republican-led US Senate is close to confirming President Trump's Supreme Court nomination Amy Coney Barrett, with the Judiciary Committee scheduling an vote on her on her nomination on October 22nd - despite Democrat objections.
The fourth and final day of the committee’s confirmation hearing for the conservative appeals judge ended with testimony from outside experts. Democrats protested what they described as the rushed nature of the proceedings, and complained that Barrett avoided questions about presidential powers, abortion, climate change, voting rights and Obamacare.
Republicans aim to hold a final vote in the Senate by the end of October after the committee votes next week. President Trump – a Republican - has asked the Senate to confirm Barrett's choice before the November 3rd elections, in which he is seeking a second term.
With a Republican 53-47 majority in the Senate, Barrett’s confirmation appears certain. Her elevation to the Supreme Court would give the conservatives a 6-3 majority, and she could stay in position for decades alongside Trump’s two other picks for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.