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Amy Coney Barrett: quick confirmation under threat as three senators infected

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Emily Holden

Republicans are aiming to advance Barrett’s nomination as quickly as possible after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

Republicans are aiming to advance Barrett’s nomination as quickly as possible after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Photograph: ReutersSat 3 Oct 2020 16.20 EDT

Senate Republicans are facing a shrinking window of time before the November 3 election to confirm Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, following the news that at least three Republican senators have tested positive for the coronavirus and more are quarantining after likely exposure.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader and Republican from Kentucky, on Saturday morning said he would seek consent from Democrats to cancel any action on the main floor of the Senate for the next two weeks, until 19 October.

But the Senate judiciary committee, which must vote on the nomination first, will still convene as planned on 12 October to begin the confirmation hearing process for Barrett, he said. While senators have attended recent hearings remotely, Democrats have said…

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