In a fiery battle for the Supreme Court, Democrats have pulled out all the stops to prevent President Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, from taking a seat on the bench. But this time, they’ve hit a new low.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will not “supply quorum” or votes in the Senate as a way to try and block Barrett’s confirmation.
During a Sunday night press conference, Schumer slammed Republicans for moving forward with Barrett’s confirmation, saying Senate Democrats will do everything they can to prevent the nominee from being confirmed, according to the Daily Caller.
Schumer went on to say that one way Democrats are considering halting the confirmation is by not supplying quorum.
Now, what does quorum mean?
It means that Democrats simply won’t show up; thus, no work can be done.
A quorum, according to Fox News, is the minimum number of members present either in a committee or the entire Senate to conduct business and hold votes. The quorum in the Senate is 51 members.
There are 22 members on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is in charge of the confirmation process, and nine members are required for a quorum in the committee, including at least two from the minority party – in this case, the Democrats.
“We will talk about when the actual vote occurs in committee and on the floor. Democrats will not supply the quorum,” Schumer said during the press conference.
To combat this, Republicans could create and vote on a new rule to end the quorum in committee, or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could introduce a discharge resolution that would make it so there would no longer need to be a committee process and the nomination could be brought to a full vote as planned, Fox News reported.
This announcement comes just as the Judiciary Committee began their confirmation hearing Monday in hopes to confirm Barrett before the election on November 3.
But, Democrats are making it clear that they don’t plan on playing nice.
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