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Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court


What Happened:

  • The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday night to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

  • Barrett is the third justice to be appointed under the Trump administration and establishes a conservative majority of 6-3 on the nation's highest court. This will make it the most conservative Supreme Court since the 1930s.

  • The vote was essentially along party lines. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was the only Republican to vote against the confirmation saying she disagreed with confirming a Supreme Court Justice this close to an election. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also said she disagreed with having a nomination this close to the election but still voted for Barrett's confirmation on Monday.

  • Senate Republicans famously blocked Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016, citing the upcoming election as the reason.

  • Democrats have objected to the speedy confirmation citing the same reason Republicans used in 2016, saying it is improper to appoint a justice during an election cycle. Republicans say this time it is different because they control both the Presidency and the Senate.

  • Barrett will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday night.

  • Barrett is expected to preside over several major cases in her first few weeks including a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Voting Rights and Mail-in Voting Regulations, LGBTQ and Religious Discrimination, and Trump has said, possibly, even the outcome of the 2020 Election, if he disagrees with the results.


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