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Two Republican senators test positive for COVID-19, adding to uncertainty surrounding Supreme Court pick

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The coronavirus outbreak gripping the White House spread to Capitol Hill on Friday morning, raising the prospect that the virus could disrupt Republicans’ plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the November election.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Several people who were in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19, imperiling Barrett's confirmation process.


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Several people who were in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19, imperiling Barrett’s confirmation process.

Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary committee — Mike Lee of Utah, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – revealed Friday that they have tested positive for the potentially deadly disease.

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Their positive diagnoses raised concerns that the virus had spread at a Saturday Rose Garden ceremony, at which Trump announced he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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Republican Study Committee |

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) released Power, Practices, Personnel: 100+ Commonsense Solutions to Better Government (click here to download the full report). Spearheaded by RSC Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) and RSC Government Efficiency, Accountability, and Reform (GEAR) Task Force Chairman Greg Gianforte (MT-At Large), the solutions-oriented plan is a conservative blueprint for reforming the federal bureaucracy to provide Americans with a more efficient, effective, and accountable government.

RSC’s plan focuses on three key pillars:

  1. Power: Reforming Government Power Structures

Enacting policies to restore the balance of power between the three co-equal branches of government and reclaim congressional power ceded to unelected bureaucrats

  1. Practices: Reforming Government Practices

Advancing both broad institutional reforms and targeted solutions to eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency across the federal government

  1. Personnel: Reforming Government Personnel Policies

Embracing lessons learned from the current economic boom to encourage innovation, improve morale, and increase the effectiveness of

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