Senate Hearings for Amy Coney Barrett to Begin October 12

Amy Coney Barrett will appear before senators for her first confirmation hearing on Oct. 12, two Capitol Hill sources told USA TODAY, as Senate Republicans push to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee quickly, possibly before Election Day.

The hearing is one of four that week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel tasked with vetting judicial nominees and where nominees are grilled on a range of sensitive issues that could be taken up by the high court. .

Next week, she is scheduled to meet one-on-one with members of the Senate. These meetings, typical in any Supreme Court vetting, will allow senators to both question Barrett on her opinion on issues and give them the chance to get to know the nominee.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the committee, is set to lay out a timeline for Barrett’s nomination process later Saturday. But he and other Republicans have said they are planning to move quickly, with a vote expected before the end of October.

The fast pace of Barrett’s nomination comes even amid mounting pressure from Democrats to press pause on filling the vacancy. A number of swing-state Republicans signaled their support in moving forward, likely killing any chances Democrats had of preventing another conservative being sworn in to the high court. If Barrett is confirmed by the full Senate, the court would have a strong conservative majority, possibly for years to come.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Christal Hayes