From gun and voting rights to the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, several social issues elbowed out of the USA election season due to the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest are now expected to come to the forefront following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the pledge by Senate Republicans to vote on her replacement before the November 3 polls. Jones may have the opportunity to vote on the President's pick before the election.
Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of ME, have already stated their opposition to filling Ginsburg's seat before the next president is elected on November 3, or possibly beyond that date if the result is close.
Senator Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, criticised Democrats for pressing Barrett on her faith, saying it could be seen as a "religious test" for the job.
The president said that he will make his announcement at the end of the week, following services for the late Supreme Court justice. Republicans claim things are different because Republicans have the presidency and senate.
But Mr. Trump is moving quickly.
"We win an election and those are the consequences", said Mr Trump, who then seemed to signal he would be willing to accept a vote on his nominee during the lame-duck period after the election.
As long as the GOP holds a majority in the Senate, it's unlikely a Democratic president could add more justices.
"We have been apprehensive for years, but this is more worrisome - this is a seismic shift", said Jennifer Dalven, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. Once again, we will keep our promise. But on Friday Senator McConnell said he meant to act on any nomination Mr Trump made and bring it to a vote in the Senate before election day.
Pelosi kept mum on what Congressional Democrats might do to stall Trump. "Today, Mitch McConnell and his henchmen believe that they can ram through a Supreme Court justice only 45 days from the election".
'Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president'.
In a statement on Sunday, the court said Ginsburg's bench chair and the bench directly in front of it have also been draped in black wool crepe as part of the tradition for the death of a sitting justice.
The hypothetical impeachment came up in an interview between ABC's George Stephanopoulos, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California, 12th District).
"We have our options", she said.
Mr. Biden urged Senate Republicans to repeat their 2016 actions. This also would give Trump the most Supreme Court nominees and appointments in history. It supervises major foreign policy issues as well.
Since 1869 nine justices have served on the nation's highest court.
Mourners gathered at the Supreme Court in Washington all through the weekend to pay solemn tribute.
Meanwhile, Republican Representative Doug Collins garnered rebuke for tweeting on Friday: "RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws". Chuck Schumer, who described McConnell's decision as the "height of hypocrisy". Democrats cried foul when McConnell said he would push through a nominee this year despite the election being only six weeks away.
The president said Saturday that he expected to announce his nominee in the coming week and that it "will be a woman - a very talented, very brilliant woman". "Sen. McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot". Mitt Romney, Utah Republican, shot down a Twitter report saying the Utah Republican had privately committed to opposing a nominee until after the election. John McCain and isn't entitled to the full Constitutional term through January. A few months later, during a Democratic primary debate, Biden once again rejected the idea.
In the event that the vote is a tie, the USA constitution allows Vice-President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.
Trump has already appointed two justices: Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.