During a press conference, Senator Minority Leader suggested Democrats will not “supply quorum” for votes on Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a stalling tactic.
“We will talk about when the actual vote occurs in committee and on the floor,” Schumer explained. “Democrats will not supply the quorum. Period.”
Per Chad Pergram “A quorum is necessary to conduct business in the committee. Tills/Lee should be out of quarantine by then after testing positive. Members may vote by proxy. But a proxy vote can not be the deciding vote.”
2) A quorum is necessary to conduct business in the cmte. Tills/Lee should be out of quarantine by then after testing positive. Mbrs may vote by proxy. But a proxy vote can not be the deciding vote.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 11, 2020
According to Fox News “a quorum is the minimum number of members present for a committee or the full Senate to conduct business and hold votes. The quorum in the full Senate is 51 members and the quorum of the Judiciary Committee is nine members including two in the minority party. This means that if one or fewer Democrats show up to the planned Oct. 22 meeting where the Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the Barrett confirmation then they could prevent the committee from reporting the nomination to the Senate.”
The report explains there are ways around this stalling tactic.
“Most notably, the Senate can vote on a discharge resolution that would remove the responsibility of considering the Barrett nomination from the committee, allowing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to call the nomination for a full vote. The committee itself could also change its rules to get rid of the requirement that two Democrats be present, James Wallner, a senior resident fellow for governance at the R Street Institute told Fox News.”