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Amy Coney Barrett's Senate hearings begin (LIVE) | USA TODAY

Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday as Republicans rush to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court ahead of Election Day.


The hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee marks the first of four days of confirmation hearings as Republicans aim to confirm Barrett to the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week that “the first item of priority in the Senate is the Supreme Court.” Democrats have called for the nomination to be postponed until after the election but acknowledged they do not have the votes to delay the hearing. Instead, they aim to highlight parts of Barrett’s record they view as problematic, especially with regards to health care.

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