On Monday night, the Senate voted 52-48 on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Barrett, a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Notre Dame law professor, is the third appointment to the high court by President Donald Trump, only a week prior to the 2020 presidential election.
Justice Clarence Thomas will administer an oath to Barrett who will be sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court during a ceremony at the White House.
Monday’s vote ran continuously from Sunday night through Monday over 30 consecutive hours of floor debates. The vote marked the end of a 40-day confirmation process that began when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away.
In fact, during the process, Democrats objected adamantly as Republicans rushed to confirm their nomination to the high court. Democrats disagreed on the timing of the confirmation since the 2020 election is just around the corner.
Barrett SCOTUS Confirmation Pushed Through After Democrat’s Objections
Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to go against the vote for Barrett’s confirmation. Similar to many Democrat’s concerns, Collins disagreed with pushing a Supreme Court nomination through so close to the 2020 election. She even cited Republicans blocking former President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland seven months prior to the 2016 election.
Likewise, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski also expressed similar concerns as Collins. On Sunday, Murkowski originally voted against a procedural motion to push Barrett’s nomination forward. But, she had a change of heart on Monday when she cast her vote for Barrett saying she would not continue to hold her process objections against the nominee.
All 45 Democrats – and two independents who caucus with the Democrats – voted against the SCOTUS confirmation of Barrett.
However, Republicans touted Barrett’s career and record as “impeccable.” She was given a “Well Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. In addition, ABA representatives described her as “brilliant” and an “intellectual giant.”
On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans should “feel good about” pressing forward with Barrett’s confirmation.
“This is something to really be proud of and feel good about. We made an important contribution to the future of this country,” McConnell explained. “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election … They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”
Ronald Reagan was the last president to nominate three new justices to the Supreme Court. The decision comes only a week before the November presidential election.
[H/T FOX News]