Amy Coney Barrett's first confirmation hearing set for Oct. 12

Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Capitol on Oct. 1. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee has officially scheduled Judge Amy Coney Barrett's first Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Oct. 12–15.

Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that the Senate is moving "full steam ahead" on the process to confirm Barrett before the election, despite three Republican senators testing positive for the coronavirus last week.

  • Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tested positive after they attended a White House event for President Trump to formally introduce Barrett.
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has also tested positive. He said Monday that he would wear a "moon suit" if that's what it took to vote on Barrett's confirmation in person. "Where there's a will, there's a way," Johnson said.

Between the lines: A committee aide told Axios that senators will have the option to participate virtually and that social distancing, sanitary and PPE stations, and other public health measures will be implemented.

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