Watch live: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett questioned for 2nd day in Senate

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Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will return for more questioning from lawmakers Wednesday in the third day of her Senate confirmation hearings.

Barrett underwent 11 hours of questions from members of the Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday as Democrats tried to pin down her views on controversial issues including abortion and the Affordable Care Act, while Republicans praised her qualifications for the high court.

All 22 members of the committee will again be allotted 30 minutes each to question Barrett on Wednesday as the hearings draw closer to the panel's scheduled vote on her nomination on Thursday.

Day 3 of the Barrett hearings will begin at 9 a.m. EDT.

Barrett is expected to be confirmed along party lines in committee. If approved, her nomination would move to the full Senate for a final vote, where she needs a simple majority to become a Supreme Court justice.

Barrett was challenged repeatedly on Tuesday by Democrats to voice an opinion on the landmark 1973 abortion case, Roe vs. Wade, and whether she agreed with her late mentor, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, that it was "decided wrongly."

Barrett was also asked multiple times about the ACA -- including her past criticisms of Chief Justice John Roberts' 2012 ruling to uphold the law. Democrats voiced fears that Barrett could be the pivotal vote in a case brought by Republican state officials seeking to dismantle the ACA, which they say could strip insurance coverage for 20 million Americans during a pandemic.

Barrett consistently declined to answer questions on past or potential future rulings.

Senate Republicans spent Tuesday defending Barrett's qualifications for the Supreme Court and praised her devout Catholic faith and personal story as a mother of seven children who has carved out a high-powered legal career.

Monday, the first day of her confirmation process, Barrett and members of the panel gave opening statements.

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