When the Senate votes on Monday evening to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, it will be just over a week before Election Day that will decide what both parties are portraying as the most important race in American history.
Now the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett is Collins, who faces a tight reelection in Maine.
Murkowski added that while she does "oppose" the exceedingly rapid process that led to Barrett's nomination, she does "not hold it against her as an individual" and will vote for her confirmation.
And Democrats repeatedly tied the pandemic to their overall strategy to fight Barrett's confirmation, which was a health-care-centric message as she prepares to sit on the bench ahead of November 10 oral arguments on the fate of the Affordable Care Act.
For now, we can say to the lawyers and judges striving to uphold the precious right to vote, well done.
Collins, who faces a tight reelection in ME, is now the only Republican who has said she won't vote for the nominee so close to the election.
"The timing of this confirmation that we have before us will serve to reinforce the public perception about political influence on the court", she said.
The conservative judge picked up the crucial backing Saturday from Sen.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Democrats not to congregate in the Senate chamber and to cast their votes "quickly and from a safe distance". At one point she suggested, "It's not the law of Amy".
"We made an important contribution to the future of this country", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday, praising Barrett as a "stellar nominee" in every respect.
Liberals fear this could open up a potential new era for rulings on some of the most contested subjects in the U.S., including abortion, gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act.
Asked Sunday whether she had close contact with those aides - which, under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, would require a 14-day quarantine - the senator said: "Not at all".
"She's a conservative woman who embraces her faith, she's unabashedly pro-life but she's not going to apply "the law of Amy" to all of us", said the committee chairman, Sen. With a 53-47 GOP majority, Barrett's confirmation is nearly certain.
Democrats were incensed that Republicans moved forward with Ms Barrett's confirmation process so near an election after refusing in 2016 to allow the chamber to act on a Supreme Court nomination by Mr Trump's Democratic predecessor, Mr Barack Obama, because it was an election year.
With the nation experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, Democrats were expected to force a series of votes throughout Saturday on coronavirus relief legislation, including the House-passed Heroes Act that would pump money into schools, hospitals and jobless benefits and provide other aid.
Judge Barrett, 48, has been a federal appeals court judge since 2017 and previously was a legal scholar at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.