Democrats continue to act like petulant children over the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, only now they are not even trying to hide their childish tactics.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) admitted Sunday that he would not “supply quorum” as a way to block Barrett’s nomination, The Daily Caller reported.
“We will talk about when the actual vote occurs in committee and on the floor. Democrats will not supply the quorum,” Schumer said during a press conference. “Period.”
Per Senate rules, a minimum number of senators must be present to vote on the confirmation, so denying quorum is a simple but effective way to prolong the confirmation process.
During the Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on Barrett’s confirmation, at least two members of the minority party must be present. That means if fewer than two Democrats attend the confirmation meeting, the committee would be unable to report the confirmation to the Senate, Fox News reported.
Schumer said he plans to withhold the Democratic members necessary for the committee vote, which would delay Barrett coming out of committee on Oct 22.
1) Schumer on Senate GOPers trying to get Barrett out of Judiciary Cmte on October 22: “We will talk about when the actual vote occurs in committee and on the floor, Democrats will not..supply the quorum. Period.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 11, 2020
This tactic will probably not go over well with undecided moderate voters, as it is a cheap tactic that is a blatant violation of the spirit of the Senate.
Additionally, it will only be effective for so long, because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be able to sidestep this little landmine.
The Senate Judiciary Committee can change the rule that requires two Democrats to be present and McConnell can enact a discharge resolution, which would forego the need for Barrett to come out of committee, Fox News reported.
Obviously, nobody wants to see this happen, but McConnell may have no other choice in the face of Schumer’s spiteful tactics.
It’s clear Democrats have no real argument against confirming Barrett to the court as she is a superb and qualified pick — so they must resort to scoring political points and grandstanding before the election in November.