Sen. McSally says she would vote yes on Amy Coney Barrett confirmation
PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona revealed Tuesday her intention to vote yes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
McSally, in a video posted to her YouTube channel, praised Barrett as a “barrier breaker” and a “pioneer” who is the right choice for the spot that is open due to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
McSally and Barrett are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
“Judge Barrett is an example for all,” McSally said. “She’s brilliant, she’s a scholar, she’s an amazing jurist. She’s respected across the spectrum.”
The Republican senator’s endorsement of Barrett comes as no surprise as Senate attempts to push through Barrett’s nomination before the election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will begin the process as soon as the Senate Judiciary Committee wraps up its work Thursday.
With a 53-47 Republican majority, and just two GOP senators opposed, Trump’s nominee is on a glide path to confirmation that will seal a conservative hold on the court for years to come.
McConnell said Monday that Barrett demonstrated over several days of public hearings the “sheer intellectual horsepower that the American people deserve to have on the Supreme Court.”
Without the votes to stop Barrett’s ascent, Democrats have few options left. They are searching for two more GOP senators to break ranks and halt confirmation, but that seems unlikely. Never before as a court nominee been voted on so close to a presidential election.
“I am so inspired by her and I’m looking forward to seeing Amy Coney Barrett on the bench,” McSally said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.