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    Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats’ blockade

    Washington – The Senate is gearing up for rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump’s nominee.

    Democrats used time-consuming procedural hurdles to delay the start of Friday’s Senate session until midday, but the party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett’s advance in the Republican-controlled chamber. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is expected to be confirmed on Monday and quickly join the court.

    “It’s hard to think of any nominee we’ve had in the past who is any better than this one,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News late Thursday.

    Barrett, 48, presented herself in public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a neutral arbiter of cases on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and presidential power – issues soon confronting the court. At one point she suggested, “It’s not the law of Amy.”

    But Barrett’s past writings against abortion and a ruling on the Obama-era health care law show a deeply conservative thinker.

    Trump said this week he is hopeful the Supreme Court will undo the health law when the justices take up a challenge Nov. 10, the week after the election.

    The fast-track confirmation process is like none other in U.S. history so close to a presidential election.

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