The Senate Judiciary Committee has formally set a panel vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court for Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Democrats protested the swift action less than three weeks before the Nov. 3 election but are powerless to stop it. “We have the votes,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky. He said the full Senate will begin debate on the nominee on Oct. 23.

Later in the day, outside witnesses invited by Republicans and Democrats testified on the fourth and final day of confirmation hearings. The session ended midafternoon Thursday.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Senate Republicans are predicting clear sailing for Barrett after she concluded her confirmation testimony Wednesday. They say she will forge a new and prominent path as a conservative, religious woman who opposes abortion. “There is nothing wrong with confirming to the Supreme Court of the United States a devout Catholic, pro-life Christian,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
  • McConnell made it clear that Republicans will move expeditiously to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court. “We have the votes,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky. Republicans hold a 53-to-47 majority in the Senate. McConnell said that after the Oct. 22 committee vote, the full Senate would consider the nomination beginning Oct. 23.
  • Democrats’ slate of witnesses Thursday testified about the nominee’s potential impact on key decisions involving the Affordable Care Act, access to abortion and voting rights. The lineup tracked with the party’s strategy, which has been squarely focused on health care and what Democrats say is the threat that Barrett’s confirmation would pose to the future of abortion and the 2010 health-care law, with its coverage for those with preexisting medical conditions.
  • President Trump, whose administration is part of the legal fight to gut the ACA, has pressed for confirmation of Barrett before next month — when the nation chooses the next president and the Supreme Court will consider the case challenging the health-care law. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), mocking Trump, said an “orange cloud” hangs over the nomination. Barrett has insisted she has no agenda and is not hostile to the law.