Barrett is scheduled to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and a slate of GOP lawmakers on the panel, including Chuck Grassley of iowa, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rick Scott of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota and Mike Lee of Utah.
Democrats, however, have launched a forceful case against Barrett in recent days, labeling support for her confirmation as equivalent to a vote to end the Affordable Care Act. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference Sunday that Barrett’s nomination process has been “illegitimate,” adding that he would not meet with her because she has “already stated that she is for overturning the ACA.”
In preparation for the confirmation battle, both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have expanded their teams by nearly 20 people over the last week.
Tom Mentzer, a spokesman for Democrats on the panel, said “additional counsels are being brought on to help vet the candidate.” So far, Democrats have brought on eight additional counsels and more are possible. A GOP committee aide told CNN that Republicans have added an additional 10 attorneys and staff members to help with the vetting.
Over the next several days, aides will be reviewing Barrett’s legal opinions and awaiting the arrival of her questionnaire.
“We’ll have a day of introduction. We’ll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we’ll begin to markup, we’ll hold it over for a week, and we’ll report her nomination out of the committee on October 22,” he continued.
“Then it will be up to McConnell as to what to do with the nomination once it comes out of committee.”