What Do Senate Judiciary Republicans Plan to Do Now That Dems Are Boycotting ACB’s Nomination Vote?

BY Beth Baumann | @eb454 |Posted: Oct 21, 2020 10:10 PM

Ever since Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, Democrats have had a plan to block her confirmation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) last week saidJudiciary Committee Democrats would refuse to show up to the vote, meaning there would not be a quorum, or the minimum number of senators to conduct votes and official business.

The reason the Republicans on the committee can continue with business as usual is because of Senate Rule XXVI.7(a)(3):

The vote of any committee to report a measure or matter shall require the concurrence of a majority of the members of the committee who are present. No vote of any member of any committee to report a measure or matter may be cast by proxy if rules adopted by such committee forbid the casting of votes for that purpose by proxy; however, proxies may not be voted when the absent committee member has not been informed of the matter on which he is being recorded and has not affirmatively requested that he be so recorded. Action by any committee in reporting any measure or matter in accordance with the requirements of this subparagraph shall constitute the ratification by the committee of all action theretofore taken by the committee with respect to that measure or matter, including votes taken upon the measure or matter or any amendment thereto, and no point of order shall lie with respect to that measure or matter on the ground that such previous action with respect thereto by such committee was not taken in compliance with such requirements.

The committee conducted business on numerous occasions, even when two members of the minority party were not in attendance.

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