Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court Monday night in a vote of 52-48 – with Republican Susan Collins crossing the aisle to vote against her.
Donald Trump’s third nominee was not in the room to attend the roll-call vote, allowing her to join the eight judges on Tuesday morning and potentially decide matters about voting before the Nov. 3 election.
Senate president pro tempore Chuck Grassley declared her confirmation at 8:06 pm.
Her nomination turns the court to a 6-3 Conservative majority and comes after fierce opposition from the Democrats, whose presidential candidate Joe Biden has resisted pressure to promise to take the court if he wins – but who says he has a commission. will order for the reform of the high court.
Before the final vote, she was praised by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said: “In any case, the Supreme Court will not only get an excellent attorney, but also a fantastic person.
“This is one of the brilliant, admired and well-qualified nominees in our life,” he said.
She will be the only justice affirmed with a law degree from “any school not called Harvard or Yale.”
The newest justice: Amy Coney Barrett, 48, was confirmed by the Senate 52-48 Monday evening and will be able to join the other judges Tuesday morning
Voting in progress: The final minutes for Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the ninth Supreme Court judge
Three for three: Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has now taken Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court – each in controversial circumstances
Objection: Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans have self-defeated by the rush to put Barrett in the chair instead of letting voters decide the next president and allow them to nominate a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
McConnell added in an acknowledgment of the controversy over the killing of Rhth Bader Ginsburg’s seat days before the election and in spite of her dying wish, “ I think we can all recognize that both sides in the Senate have some sort of parallel oral histories. over the so years.
“Each side feels the other side to strike first and worse.”
However, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer despised the trial Coney Barrett upheld on the eve of an election, when McConnell even halted a hearing for Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.
‘You might win this vote. And Amy Coney Barrett just might be the next Supreme Court Associate Justice. But you will never regain your credibility, ”he told Republicans on the Senate floor.
Democrats had made the pre-election nomination the center of their case against her, highlighting her conservative statements as she filed a federal appeal court.
They had also warned that they could vote against Obamacare, Roe v. Wade, which enshrines the right of women to choose and jeopardizes gun ownership restrictions, but they couldn’t stop McConnell’s express train to take the seat in front. fill the elections.
The 48-year-old will become the youngest member of the court, and almost certainly one of the most conservative.
But now that Collins – whose reelection is already in danger in Maine next week according to polls – is voting against Coney Barrett, she’s the only one of Trump’s nominees who doesn’t have at least one Democratic vote, and the only one with a Republican vote against her.
Judge Clarence Thomas is about to swear to the 7th Circuit Supreme Court Judge at a ceremony at the White House.
“Judge Clarence Thomas will take the official constitutional oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House tonight,” a senior White House official told The New York Times.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tried to assure reporters on Monday that the Rose Garden ceremony would include security measures, but did not say whether a face covering would be necessary.
“We’re doing our very best tonight to encourage as much social detachment as possible,” he said.
Three Seats: Donald Trump got his third nominee confirmed with just eight days to go to the election – which may involve Amy Coney Barrett in deciding the outcome of
Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas, 72, Amy Coney Barrett will swear in the Supreme Court at a White House ceremony once she is confirmed in the Senate vote Monday night.
The White House is planning a Rose Garden celebration of her confirmation, similar to the “ superspreader ” event that announced Barrett’s nomination last month that sparked a coronavirus outbreak in the White House – with the president, first lady and their son became infected, as well as several top officials and lawmakers
The plans had raised alarm bells as it seems eerily similar to last month’s Rose Garden event when Trump announced Barrett’s nomination and invited a whole crowd of aides, advisers, lawmakers and supporters to witness the occasion.
That event sparked a COVID-19 outbreak at the White House, infecting the president, first lady Melania and their son Barron, as well as a dozen others within Trump’s inner circle.
Not present in the Senate was Mike Pence. Pence announced earlier Monday that he was setting aside his plans to attend after Democrats demanded he stay clear of the Capitol after five of his aides tested positive for the coronavirus.
However, the White House is still looking for a rose garden celebration with a ceremonial inauguration of Barrett on Monday or Tuesday.
When President Donald Trump spoke to reporters on the tarmac at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley International Airport on Monday, he assured the celebration would be a fairly small, “ really fun event. ”
On Sunday, the Senate held a procedural vote to advance Barrett’s nomination and began 30 hours of debate, paving the way for a vote on Monday night.
“This is something to be really proud of and feel good about,” Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate majority group said during a rare weekend session.
McConnell praised that Democrats “will be far from being able to do much about this,” as opposed to legislative action, which can be reversed with new executive or legislative terms.
Barrett, a 48-year-old appellate judge for the seventh circuit, is a staunch Roman Catholic and lifelong conservative. Her personal views on life have raised eyebrows among progressives who claim she will dismantle a woman’s right to abortion by overthrowing Roe v. Wade.
She is a member of People of Praise, a small and ultra-conservative charismatic group whose members speak in tongues.
Republicans had painted questions about her faith as an attack on Catholics in general, and the Democrats had kept the group away from asking her.
Her lifelong appointment to the highest U.S. court will also drastically change the composition of the Supreme Court for the next generation.
The mother of seven – five biological and two adopted from Haiti – has embraced her classification as the ‘female Antonin Scalia’ and says his jurisprudential practice of ‘applying the law as written’ will be how it serves.
During the three days of confirmation hearings earlier this month, including one day of opening statements and two days of questioning, Barrett reiterated her position as a textualist and originalist, emphasizing that she would apply the constitution to things as it was written and intended. by the drafters.
In the short term, Barrett could help decide on election and voting-related issues, as the vote on her confirmation comes just over a week before election day.
Donald Trump has made it clear that he thinks the election results could end in the Supreme Court – and with a 6-3 conservative majority with Barrett in place, they’re more likely to rule in favor of the president .
About a week after the election, the Supreme Court will also consider a case over the Affordable Care Act, which Democrats fear will be quashed if Barrett has anything to say about it.