“It’s not safe” Schumer urges McConnell to delay Barrett hearing amid COVID-19 outbreak

Arguing “It’s not safe,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer is urging Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to delay the hearing of SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett in wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak that has infected 3 Republican Senators.

During a Sunday Press conference, Schumer said “If it’s not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it’s not safe for the hearings to go forward.”

Schumer criticized McConnell and said “Mitch McConnell seems to be jamming through the hearings on Amy Coney Barrett, even though three senators have COVID, even though he has said it is not safe for the Senate to meet in sessions.”But it’s OK to have the hearings. It makes no sense.”

“For Mitch McConnell to go ahead with the hearing endangers the safety of not only senators, but staff on the Hill. There is no reason on God’s green earth why this shouldn’t be delayed,” he added.

McConnell has indicated he plans to push forward, saying “The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out.”

The Senate Majority leader also tweeted Saturday “Just had another great call with @POTUS. He sounds well and says he’s feeling good. We talked about the people’s business — fighting the pandemic, confirming Judge Barrett, and strengthening the economy for American families.”

“Let’s keep our President & First Lady in our prayers,” he added.

McConnell also wrote “Senate floor proceedings will be postponed until October 19th. The @SenJudiciary confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court will convene on October 12th as scheduled by Chairman Graham. My full statement: