She went a long way, resisting the process that took her to this point, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said Saturday that she expects to vote to approve the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Murkowski, who, along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), publicly protested that confirmation hearings had taken place too close to the general election, is one of the persistent political thorns that appears in votes seen as proceeding along party lines.
The Senator from Alaska took the floor at a rare Saturday sitting of the Senate and said that although she still opposes the procedure, she does not oppose Barrett. She praised Barrett, who, she said, “naved the gauntlet with grace, ability, and modesty.”
“I agree that the best way to get us back on the road of fair consideration by judicial candidates is to test Judge Barrett as we would like to be judged on the basis of his credentials. And that’s what we do when the final question comes before us. And when it does, I’m going to be a yes, “she said.
Barrett continued to compliment Barrett, adding that the judge is “the kind of person we want in the Supreme Court.”
“I have no doubts about her intelligence,” Murkowski said. “I have no reservations about the judicial temperament of Judge Barrett. I have no question about her ability to do the job and do it well.
Today, I released the following statement on the naming of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the United States. Supreme Court (https:/t.co/boM8FJQHZ4): pic.twitter.com/BiwHMBcLaL:
Today, I issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (https://t.co/boM8FJQHZ4): pic.twitter.com/BiwHMBcLaL
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) October 24, 2020
The re-convening of the Senate on Saturday to discuss and advance Barrett’s appointment makes it possible for a final vote of confirmation to be held on Monday, 26 October 2020.
Murkowski’s announcement leaves Sen. Collins of Maine as the only Republican senator to vote against the candidate.
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who occasionally breaks ranks with Democrats on key issues, has suggested that he is lock-in with Democrats on Barrett ‘s appointment.