The U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, capping a rush to have her seated by Election Day and culminating a decades-long effort by conservatives to reshape the nation’s highest court from a left-leaning body to one that is more reliably right of center.
The Senate confirmed Barrett by a vote of 52-48, with Republicans comprising all the “yes” votes and Democrats joining one GOP senator (Maine’s Susan Collins) in voting no.
Barrett will replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a hero of the Left and passed away Sept. 18. at the age of 87.
Barrett’s confirmation means President Trump has now named three justices to the Supreme Court – the most by one president in a single term since President Nixon, who placed four justices on the court during his first term in the late 1960s and early 1970s. (President Reagan nominated three justices during a two-term span in the 1980s.)
Trump, during a White House ceremony, called it a “momentous occasion.” Barrett took her constitutional oath during the ceremony from Justice Clarence Thomas.
“She is one of the nation’s most brilliant legal scholars, and she will make an outstanding justice,” Trump said.
Barrett previously served as a judge on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and as a law professor at Notre Dame. She acknowledged during her…
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