Desperate Schumer Gets Blocked After Forcing Vote To Adjourn Senate Until After Election

Earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he was “Forcing a vote to adjourn the Senate until after the November election.”

He added that “We are not going to have business as usual here in the Senate while the Republicans try to use an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee.”

The largely symbolic and desperate attempt was voted down 48-42 and the Senate is expected to come back into session on Tuesday.

Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said of the effort, “”I’m glad we just voted down the motion by the Democratic leader to adjourn because we have work to do here, including the COVID-19 legislation which we need to be here to be working on.

“I’m glad that [the] adjournment motion was unsuccessful. Yes, we have to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court,” Portman added.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) was more blunt in his assessment, calling the move a “temper tantrum.”

Schumer said, “This is the most rushed, most partisan, least legitimate Supreme Court nomination process in our nation’s history … and it should not proceed.”

The move to adjourn included the caveat that if a Coronavirus relief deal was reached by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that they would return to vote.

Following the rejection, Schumer tweeted out that they “won’t stop fighting” and repeated that they “aren’t going to just have business as usual in the Senate as Republicans try to use an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said about the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, “Last week, Judge Barrett proved she has the deep legal expertise, judicial temperament, and intellectual horsepower that Americans deserve to have on the Supreme Court.”

He insisted, “The Senate will turn to her nomination as soon as it comes out of committee later this week.”