Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said with confidence on Thursday that Republicans have the votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett this month.
The Hill reported that McConnell made the statement to in Kentucky, “She’ll come out of committee next Thursday … and we’ll go to the floor with her on Friday the 23rd and stay on it until we finish.”
“We have the votes,” he added when asked if Republicans would be able to confirm Barrett.
McConnell’s remarks are a clear indication that Barrett’s nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going smoothly. During her three-day appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Barrett was able to field most questions thrown at her by lawmakers.
Reports said Republicans have scheduled a committee vote on Barrett’s nomination for Oct. 22.
McConnell will then take a procedural step to call up her nomination for a vote the next day, paving the way for a final vote on her nomination on the Senate floor for the week of Oct. 26.
Barrett only needs 50 “yes” votes and Vice President Pence to break a tie in order to be confirmed. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, meaning Barrett could lose three GOP senators and still let Pence break a tie.