WATCH LIVE: Senate Confirmation Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett Gets Underway

By  //  October 12, 2020

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hearing begins at 9 a.m. ET

ABOVE VIDEO: Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (day 1) – LIVE at 9am ET on C-SPAN.

(FOX NEWS) – The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett kick off Monday morning — and the questioning of the former Notre Dame law professor this week will likely steal much of the spotlight away from the ongoing election between President Trump and Joe Biden, especially with the debate originally scheduled for Thursday now cancelled.

The proceedings are expected to last through Thursday: Senators will spend Monday making their opening statements, followed by Barrett’s opening remarks, before questioning begins Tuesday and will continue into Wednesday. On Thursday, the Senate will bring in outside experts to weigh in on the nomination.

Republicans at this point appear to have the votes needed to confirm Barrett, with only two members of their 53-person caucus objecting to moving the Barrett nomination before the election.

That means they can afford one unexpected defection and still have Vice President Pence be able to break a tie.