How safe would a ‘moon suit’ Senate vote on Barrett be? – Roll Call

Johnson and others have pushed for the confirmation vote, which would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court, as little time remains before the Nov. 3 election. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hopes to send Barrett’s nomination to the floor by Oct. 22, allowing for a vote by the end of the month.

At the same time, they have a thin margin for victory. If the three senators who have tested positive for the coronavirus are still contagious and don’t vote, Vice President Mike Pence would have to break a tie if the vote fell strictly along party lines. And even that is not likely: Susan Collins of Maine has signaled her opposition, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has said the winner of the presidential election should make the choice of whom to nominate to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Johnson isn’t alone in trying to game out how he might be able to vote on the Barrett nomination despite a COVID-19 diagnosis. North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis is also exploring his options, telling Fox News on Tuesday morning that he feels “great” and is “on a path to be cleared and be back in the Capitol for the hearings.”

When asked specifically about Johnson’s comment regarding going to the Capitol to vote while positive and if he’d do the same, he told Fox, “I think so.”

Tillis emphasized that the mild symptoms he experienced over the weekend, after testing positive on Oct. 2, had subsided. Public health experts have made clear for months that asymptomatic spread is common.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel