Coronavirus complicates Senate’s Supreme Court fight

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This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate’s Supreme Court fight

The coronavirus is adding a dose of uncertainty into the Senate’s fight over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Republicans have laid out an ambitious timeline to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court that’s left them only days to spare before the Nov. 3 election and no room for surprises.

The party now finds itself with six members absent this week – three because they tested positive for coronavirus and three who are working remotely due to potential exposure – capping the 53-seat GOP majority at 47 members for at least a week.


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Complicating matters further, four of the six are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responsible for Barrett’s hearing and sending her nomination to the floor. Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced Friday that they had tested positive, while Sens.

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