Barrett will be the third Supreme Court judge to be nominated by Trump.
Washington – Amy Connie Barrett has been confirmed to Supreme court Late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans beat Democrats to inaugurate President Donald Trump’s candidate days before the election and secure a potential court majority for years to come.
Trump chose to fill the vacancy for the late liberal symbol Ruth Bader Ginsburg It potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act, and even its election. The Democrats couldn’t stop the result, Trump’s third justice in court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary.
Barrett She is 48, and her life appointment as Judge 115 would reinforce the court’s tendency to the right.
Monday’s vote, 52-48, was the Supreme Court’s closest confirmation ever of a presidential election, and the first in modern times without support from a minority party. The escalating COVID-19 crisis has commented on the measures. Vice President Mike Pence’s office said on Monday he would not preside over the Senate session unless a tie-break vote was needed after Democrats asked him to walk away when His aides have tested positive for COVID-19. His vote was not necessary.
After confirming Barrett’s confirmation, Trump was expected to celebrate his swearing-in in the White House. A senior White House official said Judge Clarence Thomas was due to take the constitutional oath.
“This is something we really should be proud of and feel good about,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a rare weekend session on Sunday before the vote. He ridiculed “dreadful” warnings from critics that the judiciary had become mired in partisan politics and declared that they “will not be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”
The presence of Pence presiding over the vote was predictable, reflecting Republican primacy. But Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer and his leadership team said it would not only violate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention virus guidelines, but “would also violate common etiquette and decency.”
Some Republican senators tested positive for coronavirus after a Rose Garden event with Trump to announce Barrett’s nomination last month, but they have since said their doctors have cleared of quarantine. Pence was not infected and his office said the vice president had tested negative for the virus on Monday.
Democrats have argued for weeks that the vote was inappropriately accelerated and insisted during Sunday’s all-night session that it was up to the winner of the November 3 election to nominate the candidate. However, Barrett, a federal appeals court judge from Indiana, is expected to quickly sit down and begin hearing cases.
Speaking near midnight Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, described the vote as “illegal” and “the last moments of a hopeless party.”
Many await a decision just a week before Election Day, and Barrett could be a critical vote in Republican appeals to orders to extend absentee ballot deadlines in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Judges are also considering Trump’s emergency appeal to the court to block the Manhattan County Attorney from getting his tax returns. On November 10, the court is expected to hear a Trump-backed appeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Trump has said he wants quickly to find Justice 9 to resolve electoral disputes and hopes judges will end the health law known as “Obama Care.”
Within several days of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was careful not to reveal how she ruled in any of these cases.
She presented herself as an impartial referee and suggested, “This is not an Emmy law.” But her writings against abortion and judgment on “obamaker” show a very conservative thinker.
Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the Judiciary Committee, praised the mother of seven as a role model – “a conservative woman who professes her faith.” The Republicans focused on her Catholic religion, and rejected previous Democratic questions about her beliefs. Graham said Barrett is “an unabashed pro-life, but she will not apply the Amy’s Law to all of us.”
At the start of Trump’s presidency, McConnell designed a change of Senate rules to allow ratification by a majority of 100 senators, instead of the 60-vote threshold traditionally needed to push Supreme Court candidates over objections. This was an escalation of changing the rules put in place by Democrats to present to court candidates and other administrators under President Barack Obama.
Republicans have been plunging politically by pressing for days of the November 3 election with the presidency and a Senate majority at stake.
Only one Republican – Senator Susan Collins, who is in A narrow re-election battle in Maine A vote against the candidate, not on any direct assessment of Barrett. Instead, Collins said, “I don’t think it is fair or consistent to have a Senate vote to confirm before the election.”
Trump and his Republican allies had hoped to boost his campaign, in the way that Trump sparked enthusiasm among conservatives and evangelical Christians in 2016 about a vacancy on the court. That year, McConnell refused to allow the Senate to consider choosing then-president Barack Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, arguing that the new president should decide.
Most other Republicans who faced tough races embraced the candidate to cement their standing with the Conservatives. Senator Tom Tillis, R-NCC, said: In a speech on Monday, Barrett “will go down in history as one of the most senior judges.”
But it is not clear that the extraordinary effort to install new justice on such opposition in a hot election year will bear political fruit for the Republican Party.
Demonstrations for and against the candidate were quieter on the Capitol building amid the coronavirus restrictions.
The Democrats are united against Barrett. While two Democratic senators voted to confirm Barrett in 2017 after Trump nominated a Notre Dame law school professor to an appeals court, none voted to confirm her in the Supreme Court.
In a display of the party’s priorities, California Sen. Kamala Harris, a running for president, returned to Washington from the campaign trail to join her colleagues without a vote.
No other Supreme Court judge has been confirmed in a recorded vote without the support of the minority party in at least 150 years, according to information provided by the Senate Historical Office.
Associated Press writers Marie Claire Gallonique, Andrew Taylor, Mark Sherman, Zek Miller, Commander of Madani in Washington, and Kathleen Ronen in Sacramento, California contributed to this report.