Shelby meets with Barrett, pledges support to confirm

Shelby meets with Barrett, pledges support to confirm

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday and pledged his support for confirming her nomination.

Traditionally, a Supreme Court nominee will meet with senators prior to a confirmation hearing or vote. Barrett has met with several senators in the past few days.

Shelby, a Republican, said he was impressed with Barrett and that he would strongly support her nomination if and when it comes to the floor of the U.S. Senate.

“After speaking with Judge Barrett, I am confident that she is the right choice to serve on the Supreme Court,” Shelby said.

“Judge Barrett is exceptionally qualified for this role and maintains strong conservative values and a deep commitment to our Constitution.  I have no doubt that Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court. I look forward to supporting Judge Barrett’s nomination to serve on our nation’s highest court, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Alabama’s Democratic Sen. Doug Jones said last week that he would not vote for any nominee to the Supreme Court unless they were selected after the election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, recently announced that hearings on Barrett’s nomination  will begin October 12, 2020.