The Republican-led Senate voted narrowly on Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, ending an acrimonious confirmation process and handling President Donald Trump a political victory days before the election.
Barrett, 48, a federal appeals judge, will fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died 18th September and she is expected to propel a sharp ideological turn on the court. Democrats made numerous unsuccessful attempts to slow or derail the vote but ran headlong into a Republican Part determined to cement a 6-3 majority.
Some legal experts say it will be the most conservative Supreme Court since before World War II. The addition of Barrett could solidify the right’s advantages on issues like campaign finance and gun rights while threatening progressive issues like abortion rights, voting rights, and health care regulations. The vote was 52-48, with only Republicans voting “yes” and Democrats unifying in opposition. Just one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who faces a tough re-election race, voted “no”.
After the presiding officer, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the vote, a round of applause broke out in the chambers as Republicans broke out in the chamber as Republicans senators bumped fists to celebrate. Barrett, who was confirmed 30 days after Trump announced her nomination, is the first nominee in the modern era to be confirmed with no votes from the opposition party.
Barrett’s nomination drew enthusiasm from Republicans, who have made the courts their priority in the Senate, and anger from Democrats, who warned them not to fill a vacancy in an election year, particularly after GOP leaders refused to do so under a Democratic president in 2016. The White House held a swearing-in ceremony Monday night where Barrett’s official constitutional oath was administered by Justice Clarence Thomas, the most conservative member of the court.
Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony Tuesday, officially making Barrette a justice. At Monday night’s ceremony, Trump noted that she is the fifth woman to sit to the high court.