The Senate Has Confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court
The Senate has voted 52–48 to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, filling the seat left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cementing a 6–3 conservative court majority.
Republicans were unified in support of Barrett, with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins (R–Maine), who cited the GOP’s refusal to hold hearings for Judge Merrick Garland—former President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia—in an election year. All Democrats were in opposition, making Barrett’s confirmation the most partisan since Reconstruction.
That partisanship was on full display two weeks ago during Barrett’s hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Though the procedure was more civil than Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s in 2018, Democratic senators spent much of their time lambasting the process and criticizing what they perceive as Barrett’s opinions on various political issues.
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