Republicans approve Supreme Court nominee Barrett for Senate vote, Democrats boycott hearing

The Republican-led Senate judiciary committee voted in favour of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime U.S. Supreme Court post on Thursday, with Democrats boycotting the proceedings after fiercely opposing her confirmation.

Calling it a “groundbreaking, historic moment,” committee chair Lindsey Graham led the 22-member committee’s approval with unified support among its 12 Republican members, even with the Democrats vowing to stay away.

Committee approval would pave the way for a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor planned by Republic Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for Monday.

The confirmation of Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, would expand the top U.S. judicial body’s conservative majority to 6-3 if approved by the full chamber.

More to come.