Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Monday, solidifying a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.
Barrett succeeds progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive who had served on the Supreme Court since 1993.
Watch the Senate confirmation proceedings here.
After a lengthy obstructionist attempt to delay the confirmation, Democrats proved unable to stop a floor vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Monday night. Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted a last minute filibuster in a race against time- claiming the eventual confirmation of Barrett represented “one of the darkest days in the history of the Senate,” but Mitch McConnell ultimately arranged a vote.
Josh Hawley had earlier hailed the confirmation of a justice with a strong pro-life track record.
Senator @HawleyMO's Speech On The Senate Floor Supporting The Confirmation Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett
"The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is truly historic. This is the most openly Pro-Life judicial nominee to the Supreme Court in my lifetime." #JusticeBarrett pic.twitter.com/LoE0tJoNfj
— The Columbia Bugle ???????? (@ColumbiaBugle) October 26, 2020
The vote to confirm Barrett as a SCOTUS Justice passed by a count of 52-48, with Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski voting in favor of Barrett’s confirmation. Maine’s Susan Collins was the only Republican senator to vote against Barrett’s confirmation, refusing to budge on her stance that the next President should appoint Ginsburg’s replacement.
Judge Barrett is expected to be sworn in as an Associate Justice by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday night.