New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a delay in the Supreme Court nomination process following several positive coronavirus tests in the Senate.
The announcement of Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court at the Rose Garden may have helped spread the coronavirus and now with positive COVID-19 tests in the Senate, Schumer said her nomination needs to be delayed.
"There is no reason on God's green earth why these shouldn't be delayed, other than an effort to rush a witness through," Schumer said.
During a Sunday news conference, Schumer said a Supreme Court confirmation hearing over Zoom just won't cut it.
"That doesn't measure up when you have the most important appointment that the Senate makes for a lifetime," Schumer said. "You need to be with the witness and have direct cross questions and back-and-forth with them."
Even with the Senate in recess for two weeks, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to keep moving through the nomination process for Coney Barrett, despite members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, testing positive for COVID-19.
Schumer said it doesn't make sense.
"If it's not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it's not safe for the hearings to go forward," Schumer said.
He says Democrats are largely powerless to stop the hearings, but they may have more options if Republicans don't have full attendance for the committee or floor votes.
"And we will use every tool in the toolbox to delay and not have the votes occur," Schumer said.