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Graham sets stage for quick Barrett confirmation as hearings get underway

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has officially laid the groundwork for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to get approved by his GOP-led panel in 10 days, setting the stage for one of the quickest confirmation proceedings for a Supreme Court nominee in modern times -- all before she's taken a question from a senator.

(CNN)Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has officially laid the groundwork for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to get approved by his GOP-led panel in 10 days, setting the stage for one of the quickest confirmation proceedings for a Supreme Court nominee in modern times -- all before she's taken a question from a senator.

Soon after senators and Barrett finished delivered their opening statements on her first day of hearings on Monday, Graham set up a key business meeting for Thursday to consider the nomination for a vote.

At that Thursday meeting, which will occur after two days of questioning from senators, the committee will officially schedule a vote on the nomination for October 22.

Graham and his GOP colleagues got a boost because two of the senators who had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month -- Sens.

Senate GOP leaders are eyeing October 29 for the chamber to approve Barrett's nomination -- meaning she would be confirmed to a lifetime appointment to the high court barely a month after she was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

At the moment, it appears, the only thing that could stop the nomination is if more GOP senators test positive for Covid-19 and can't attend the committee session or the floor vote.

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