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Amy Coney Barrett meets with senators on Capitol Hill


Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is spending her Wednesday on Capitol Hill, meeting with GOP senators just one day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on her nomination.

Barrett has already met with Repubican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Rob Portman of Ohio and Roy Blunt of Missouri, and is scheduled to meet with Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona, James Lankford and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Marco Rubio of Florida before the end of the day.

Barrett posed for photos with each of the senators, as is customary at the start of these types of meetings. During the photo ops, the senators were asked questions by members of the press.

Speaking to reporters before the start of their meeting Wednesday morning, Alexander said, “I’m impressed with Judge Barrett. She brings scholarship and a good temperament and integrity to the court. Those are the things I look for in a judge.”

The Tennessee Republican went on to tout her education, noting that she attended college in his state.

In a statement after the meeting, Alexander again praised the Supreme Court nominee.

“During her confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett demonstrated respect for the law, intelligence, good character and steady temperament,” he said, adding, “She is well-qualified and has said she will decide cases based upon the law, not her personal views. Judge Barrett will be an excellent Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and I will vote to confirm her nomination.”

Barrasso, who chairs the Senate Republican Caucus, also offered praise for Barrett during their photo op, first jokingly referencing her lack of notes at her hearing.

“Loved the picture of you holding up the empty notepad that everyone got to see this is all coming from your brain,” the Wyoming senator quipped.

Amy Coney Barrett with James Lankford
James Lankford and Amy Coney BarrettGetty Images

“You were magnificent, you are going to do a great job on the court. We’re looking forward to voting to support you next week,” he continued.

Barrasso was then asked if he had any concerns about Barrett’s nomination, and replied he had none.

“I am absolutely delighted with her nomination. The people of Wyoming are so happy that she’s been nominated because she’s true to the Constitution and that’s the whole Wyoming way of thinking about things. It really is about the Constitution,” he told the group of reporters.

Blunt, a member of GOP leadership and chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, did not take questions from reporters during his photo op with Barrett.

After their meeting, however, he released a statement reaffirming his support for her nomination.

“Judge Barrett’s been on my short list for the Supreme Court since the time she was confirmed as a circuit judge.

“Everything that happened in the hearing only intensified my belief that she’ll be a great justice on the Supreme Court and I look forward to supporting her next week and seeing her sworn in shortly after that,” the Missouri Republican said.

Portman, meanwhile, delivered remarks to the crowd of reporters and Barrett, where he also praised the judicial nominee.

“Thank you all for coming. I am delighted to be here with Judge Barrett and really looking forward to our meeting together. I’ve been very impressed with her background, her record. Perhaps I was most impressed with her judicial temperament in the face of some tough questioning at the Judiciary Committee, her patience and her calm.

“I’m just delighted that she was willing to step up and serve her country in this way. I look forward to the opportunity to talk about some issues with her this morning.”

The Senate will vote on whether to confirm Barrett to the nation’s highest bench on Monday.

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