Otago Daily Times

Panel approves Bar­rett in 12­0 vote

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WASH­ING­TON: The Repub­li­can­led US Se­nate ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee yes­ter­day ap­proved Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­na­tion of Amy Coney Bar­rett to a life­time Supreme Court seat de­spite a Demo­cratic boy­cott, clear­ing the way for a fi­nal Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion vote planned for Tues­day.

The panel ap­proved Bar­rett by a 12­0 vote, with all Repub­li­can mem­bers vot­ing yes and the 10 com­mit­tee Democrats boy­cotting the meet­ing after calling the con­fir­ma­tion process a sham. With Trump’s fel­low Repub­li­cans hold­ing a 53­47 Se­nate ma­jor­ity, Bar­rett’s con­fir­ma­tion ap­pears cer­tain.

Trump ap­plauded the com­mit­tee vote, writ­ing on Twit­ter: ‘‘Big day for Amer­ica!’’

Se­nate Demo­cratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Se­nate ma­jor­ity was ‘‘con­duct­ing the most rushed, the most par­ti­san and the least le­git­i­mate process in the long his­tory of Supreme Court nom­i­na­tions’’. — Reuters

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