Senate GOP pushing Barrett ahead past Democrats’ blockade

Amy Coney Barrett (Photo: Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has opened a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court.

Their goal is to cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump’s nominee.

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Democrats are planning time-consuming procedural hurdles, but the party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett’s advance in the Republican-controlled chamber.

The federal appeals court judge is expected to be confirmed Monday and quickly join the court.

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