Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
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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