Skip to comments.Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court
Posted on 10/26/2020 5:15:26 PM PDT by NobleFree
The Senate has voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just about a week before the general election and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
While Senate Democrats tried to slow down the confirmation process of Trump's third Supreme Court nominee with various procedural maneuvers, the fact that Republicans control the Senate has always meant a Barrett confirmation was all but promised.
"The Senate is doing the right thing. We're moving this nomination forward and colleagues, by tomorrow night, we'll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court," Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., said on Sunday.
Democrats have railed against the advancement of Barrett's nomination so close to Election Day, after the Republican-led Senate refused to hold hearings for then-President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, nearly eight months before that year's election.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., labeled the nomination process a "cynical power grab."
"Nearly every Republican in this chamber led by the majority leader four years ago refused to even consider the Supreme Court nomination of a Democratic president on the grounds ... that we should wait until after the presidential election because the American people deserved a voice in the selection of their next justice," he said on Sunday.
"My colleagues, there is no escaping this glaring hypocrisy. As I said before, no tit for tat convoluted distorted version of history will wipe away the stain that will exist forever with this Republican majority and with this Republican leader."
Barrett's nomination cleared a procedural hurdle Sunday afternoon when the Senate voted to end debate on the nomination, days after Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee boycotted a vote to advance Barrett's nomination.
The only Republicans voting against the cloture motion on Sunday were Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
On Saturday, Murkowski previewed her intentions, saying she planned to vote against moving the nomination forward procedurally but would vote to confirm Barrett on Monday.
"While I oppose the process that led us to this point, I do not hold it against her, as an individual who has navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill and humility," she said.
Sen. Collins faces a tough reelection battle and said after Justice Ginsburg's death in September that whoever wins the presidential election should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
The 48-year-old judge's confirmation solidifies the court's conservative majority, potentially shaping the future of abortion rights and health care law for generations.
During a campaign event in Tallahassee on Saturday, Vice President Pence said he wanted to return to Capitol Hill in time for Monday's vote.
"As vice president, I'm president of the Senate," Pence said. "And I'm gonna be in the chair because I wouldn't miss that vote for the world."
He ultimately did not attend the vote in person. His presence would have been purely symbolic anyway, as it was not expected that Pence would have needed to cast a tie-breaking vote.
Democrats had pushed back against Pence's plan in light of recent positive coronavirus testing of two top staffers in Pence's orbit and have similar concerns about their colleague Sen. Loeffler, R-Ga, who has had two of her staffers test positive for the coronavirus.
Loeffler's spokesperson on Saturday said the senator had tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday.
Happy Birthday Hillary!!! XOXOXO
Here comes the weeping and gnashing of teeth
The final vote to confirm Barrett, as expected, was 52-48.
I hope Sarah Palin runs against murkowski next election
So Commie Collins was a NO?
It's called....experience. The gentleman got us through the impeachment with the same saving grace.
Senator McConnell....Thank you.
Were there any on-air suicides at NPR?
53 Yays 48 Nays
Does anyone have a count of the utterly ridiculous and childish thumbs downs ?
As much as I look forward to liberal splodey-heads, it is beneath the decorum that Amy Coney Barrett deserves.
Congratulations Justice Barrett, may you honor the office that you have been nominated and confirmed to hold.
If the Rs are hypocrits then so are the Ds. They wanted Garland pushed through 4 yrs ago but don’t want Barrett approved now.
Clarence Thomas will swear in Amy Barret at the White House at 9pm EDT, which is just a few minutes from now!!!
So, every Democrat voted no, right? Even the so-called more conservative ones? This really makes me mad. How dare they! They know she is qualified, so it’s all political. The Republicans need to play this game and never vote for another Supreme Court nominee who is chosen by a Democrat president.
Republicans need to start being every bit as partisan as the Democrats always are.
YAY TEAM TRUMP!
DU and I assume the media has switched to ‘Unpack the court’ to raise it to 13-15. So shameless. I know DU is the extreme, but damn they’re not happy heh.
Any lawsuits filed in Hawaii yet?
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