Senator Mitch McConnell’s remarks came after multiple reports on Tuesday focused on Barrett’s membership in the ecumenical Christian group People of Praise, and suggested that her membership of the group meant she believed that women should be submissive to men.
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Measure was adopted unanimously, rebuking anti-Catholic lines of questioning to candidates over Knights of Columbus membership.
Almost all U.S. senators are expected to vote along party lines, but Trump’s Supreme Court pick poses a serious challenge for a few — including Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, a Catholic Democrat.
The GOP’s reduced majority makes passage of pro-life measures more difficult, but confirmations of the president’s judicial nominees are expected to proceed.
The reluctance of Senate Democrats to pass fast-track authority for a new trans-Pacific trade deal focuses attention on Catholic attitudes towards free trade.
Separate funding streams will be set up for human trafficking victims, breaking a six-week deadlock that stalled the bill’s passage.
Bipartisan legislation that would support victims has been stalled by Senate Democrats' opposition to the decades-old Hyde Amendment that restricts federal funding of abortion procedures.
Pro-life advocates see gaining control of the Senate as key to advancing pro-life legislation and stopping the president from appointing pro-abortion judges.