UPDATED 8:37 AM PT – Thursday, October 22, 2020
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett has received the votes needed to advance her nomination to a full Senate vote.
While all 10 Senate Democrats refused to show up for the vote Thursday, all 12 Senate Republicans voted in favor of advancing Barrett.
The Democrats’ no-show was a symbolic move, however, only a simple majority was needed and Republicans were able to approve Barrett without them.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) commented on the fact Democrats boycotted the vote, calling it “surreal” and noting they treated it like a sporting event during COVID-19.
Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats boycott committee vote on #ACB pic.twitter.com/tqTI6EMVIP
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 22, 2020
A final floor vote on Barrett’s nomination is expected to take place Monday.