Now that the hearings are officially over, the next phase of the nomination process is set to be begin.
From here, Barrett’s name has to be put on the floor for a vote, something the Democrats will try to delay as much as possible.
They will do everything in their power to halt these hearings but if things go as expected, Barrett will be getting fit for a robe before election day.
How It Should Play Out
Barrett should be put before the Committee for a vote come October 22.
Democrats may be able to slow this process down, but they cannot stop it.
Furthermore, if they try to get too cute using procedural stunts to block the vote, it could hurt them with voters, so we really don’t expect too many stunts to take place.
Assuming Barrett gets out of committee as expected, there is still some debate out the actual date her name will be put on the Senate floor for a formal vote.
McConnell had hinted that if necessary, the Senate could put her name up after the election, but there is pressure from other Republicans and President Trump to have her confirmation voted on before election day.
Now that Joe Biden has committed to saying if he will pack the court before election day based on how this is all handled, it is all but guaranteed that a Senate vote will take place before election day.
Based on the timelines above, the earliest her name could be put on the Senate floor would be October 26, but somewhere between the 28th and 31st is far more likely.
Regardless, we fully expect Barrett to be confirmed before election day specifically to force Biden’s hand to get him to commit to packing the court before the election.
Source: USA Today