WASHINGTON (PNN) - October 3, 2020 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kent.) has announced that all scheduled activity on the Senate floor will be postponed for two weeks until October 19 following President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, but that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will proceed as scheduled, beginning October 12.
“On Monday, I intend to obtain a consent agreement for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions for the next two weeks. Previously-scheduled floor activity will be rescheduled until after October 19,” reads a Saturday statement from McConnell.
“The important work of the Senate’s committees can and will continue as each committee sees fit. The Senate Judiciary Committee will convene on October 12 as Chairman (Lindsey) Graham (S.C.) has scheduled to begin confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process laid out by Chairman Graham.”
In response, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) said, “If It’s too dangerous to have the Senate in session it is also too dangerous for committee hearings to continue.”