Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme Court, sealing a conservative majority for decades

Her confirmation caps off Trump’s and McConnell’s reshaping of the federal judiciary.

10/27/2020 3:08:00 AM

BREAKING: The Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, handing President Donald Trump a sorely needed win just eight days before the election and solidifying a conservative majority on the high court for a generation

Her confirmation caps off Trump’s and McConnell’s reshaping of the federal judiciary.

Link CopiedThe Senate on Monday voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, handing President Donald Trump a sorely needed win just eight days before the election and solidifying a conservative majority on the high court for a generation.

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Monday’s vote capped a 30-day sprint that hasdriventhe Senate even deeper into the bitter partisanship that has defined the institution over the last two decades, prompting vague threats of retribution if Democrats take control of the chamber after the Nov. 3 election.

Trump nominated Barrett exactly one month ago, and Republicans quickly coalesced around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s push to confirm the 48-year-old federal judge to the high court, largely steamrolling Democrats’ demands to delay her confirmation until after the election — resulting in the first Supreme Court confirmation with only one-party support since the 19

thcentury.“These are not the days when Justice [Antonin] Scalia was confirmed 98-0 and Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg was confirmed 96-3,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said ahead of the vote, claiming Democrats only want “activist judges” on the court and “now see ‘legitimate defeat’ as an oxymoron.”

The drive to confirm Barrett was, in itself, unprecedented; the Senate had never considered a Supreme Court nominee this close to an election, a fact that Democrats consistently highlighted. It led to an explosion in fundraising for both sides, with Democratic campaigns raking in more than $1 billion since Ginsburg’s Sept. 18 death.

Barrett will shift the ideological balance of the court to the right, replacing Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died last month from complications due to cancer. Her confirmation caps off Trump’s and McConnell’s dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary over the last four years; Barrett is the 220th Trump-nominated federal judge confirmed by the Senate.

After an overnight session that lasted more than 30 hours, the Senate confirmed Barrett by a vote of 52 to 48, with only Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) siding with all Democrats to oppose her. With her confirmation, Trump has now appointed a third of the court’s nine justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Barrett.

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Democrats, who were essentially powerless in trying to delay the nomination, panned the confirmation process as illegitimate and a blatant abuse of power by McConnell. They argued that seating Barrett on the high court threatens health care for millions of Americans, abortion rights, gun control, and other issues.

“Today … will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “Let the record show that the American people, their lives and rights and freedoms, will suffer the consequences of this nomination for a generation.”

Republicans saw in Barrett a brilliant and highly qualified jurist who would uphold the rule of law and adhere to the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s “originalist” judicial philosophy. They said Democrats were engaging in scare tactics that had no basis in reality.

Collins, facing a difficult reelection fight, said her vote indicated her opposition to confirming a nominee to the high court before the election, and did not reflect her views on Barrett’s qualifications.Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted in favor of Barrett despite similar opposition to the process by which Barrett’s nomination was shepherded through the Senate, insisting that those circumstances should not be held against Barrett.

Barrett was a law professor at Notre Dame before Trump nominated her in 2017 to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate confirmed Barrett to that position on a 55-43 vote, with a handful of Democratic votes.But this year is different, and Schumer was able to unite his caucus around familiar messages.

Democrats have centered their opposition to Barrett’s nomination around McConnell’s decision to block former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016. At the time, McConnell cited the proximity of the presidential election, saying the open Supreme Court seat should be filled by the next president.

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McConnell has said the circumstances in 2016 were different because the White House and the Senate were controlled by different parties. Still, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who oversaw Barrett’s confirmation process, said in 2018 amid the ugly confirmation fight over Kavanaugh that he would not advance a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, no matter who was president.

The tensions have led to increased support among Democrats for progressive-backed initiatives including getting rid of the legislative filibuster, which would allow bills to pass with a simple majority vote, as opposed to the requisite 60 votes. Activists have also called on Democrats to “pack” the Supreme Court if they win control of the Senate.

In addition to their objections over the process, Democrats focused almost entirely on the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court is set to take up the Trump administration's bid to invalidate the 2010 health care law beginning Nov. 10, and Democrats have said Barrett would be the deciding vote to kill Obamacare.

At her confirmation hearings, Barrett offered few hints about how she might rule on cases involving the health care law, saying only that she was not “hostile” toward it. But Democrats highlighted her past criticisms of Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold Obamacare in 2012, in addition to Trump’s stated vow to appoint judges to the federal bench who would vote to overturn it.

The confirmation vote comes amid fears of another coronavirus outbreak at the White House, this time involving Vice President Mike Pence’s inner circle.Pencedid not attendMonday evening’s vote after some of his top aides, including his chief of staff, tested positive for Covid-19. Before news broke of their diagnoses, Pence had said he would preside over the Senate for the vote, as he has done in the past for significant votes.

The White House was slated to hold a swearing-in ceremony for Barrett in the Rose Garden immediately following the Senate’s vote. It was a similar set-up when Trump unveiled Barrett as his choice, and several attendees at the largely mask-less event contracted Covid-19, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

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Yahoo Finally, something GOOD happened in 2020! AU Woohoo! Well done SHE HAD HER ACCEPTENCE SPEACH IN TONGUES.. Yahoo Such a sad day for america great Yahoo Who cares? Report something worthwhile. Bat shit crazy Stealing a conservative majority for decades is what it really is. They stole Garland from Obama and they stole Ginsberg’s replacement from Biden. VOTE.

Yahoo staff right now The White House is a coronavirus hot spot on its own! Lots of irresponsible people! They are super spreaders of coronavirus and they don’t have any shame about it!! Vote for them not to be elected! Unless we expand the court and not have a hissy fit about it. A win? Not for the majority of the US.

AU Barrett walked though every door opened by RBG, now Barrett will do everything possible to close those doors to others Right to bear arms and freedom of speech and more awareness of forced mandatory unwanted injections towards the big pharma bill gates elitist people! It’s a very sad day in history.

It wasn’t a win. Please that's not breaking. We knew it would happen. Vote! Sham SCOTUS*** * Gorsuch, seat held open for 400 days. Lacked the integrity to insist that Garland get his due. ** Kavanaugh, unqualified and ill-tempered and elevated without proper vetting. *** Coney Barrett, rushed to the bench in the middle of an election breaking precedent.

Never again do I want to hear “GOP is pulling away from Trump”. Never again do I want to hear GOP say “sham process” Never again. This probably just sealed Donald Trump‘s reelection. Conservatives are going to be encouraged, flying high, giddy and cocky. Women are fucked..I won’t forget in the polls for years to come. I pray the Republican Party is destroyed in 8 days and many lose their seats.

No character. No ethics. No Christian. senategop The 🐈 grabber hand pick this broad with the same grubby hands. Thats all anyone needs to know about her morals & ethics. Not necessarily Disgusting Minority rule. This is NOT the will of the people. EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN SHOULD BE ASHAMED! VOTE PEOPLE! VOTE OUT EVERY REPUBLICAN! Prayers for future generations! VoteBidenHarrisToEndThisNightmare VoteOutEveryRepublican

A win..? Only in the eyes of those steadily marching backwards in search of 'good old days' that never really existed. NOT for a generation. 'Court expansion' is my new favorite phrase. Sad day for this country, Republican are the worst Women’s rights are done, same with healthcare. Congratulations to the Stupidest Americans!

Yay! Healthcare for the privileged few! Suck it, libs!!! This one was for Kavanaugh. 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕 How is this a win for trump when a majority of people supported having the winner of this election appoint a nominee? God Bless America 🇺🇸 Because this was urgent and a stimulus deal to help struggling Americans doesn’t matter. They should all be fired. Please South Carolina women VOTE LINDSEY OUT AND MAKE HIM PAY FOR THIS DISRESPECTFUL TREATMENT OF RBG

Forever tainting the SCOTUS process that is about to change the Country in unmeasurable ways. Republicans sold their souls to get a conservative majority, but it will be short-lived. The cost of their blatant hypocrisy will be a furious public who will demand an increase to the size of the court. Pyrrhic victory for the right. They have no principles. Anything goes now.

Thats one win Trump and the Republicans will regret. How is a foregone conclusion a “win”? Did ANYONE get a degree in journalism there? trash I wouldn't be so confident judge thomas and alito are getting up there in age Just another win for our President and the conservative ideas of America!!!! Look at that! The skys not falling.

SCOTUS has officially become a joke, and not a funny one. Great back to the 1950’s we go! Trump is killing USA citizens & the market . You can’t have an economy if you kill all it’s citizens. Trump is saying let’s just all wait until we have a vaccine. That’s too late. And the stock market shows what’s happening. So it’s time to vote Trump & all GOP enabler’s out.

The Senate didn’t confirm. The GOP confirmed. I guess integrity doesn’t exist in the Senate. You mean aside from his 3 Nobel nominations and 2 other SCOTUS judges appointed? 😂😂 GodBlessAmerica and GodBlessPresidentTrump I don't know whether to weep or throw up. Order being restored. Time to pack the court! Illegitimate

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Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to Supreme Court following all-night Senate sessionThe Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court in a vote Monday evening, capping off a sprint to place her on the high court before Election Day over Democratic objections. Just another way the trump administration has pushed us backwards in time. It’s INSANE we are about to confirm somebody who thinks it’s appropriate to use the N word in the work place Ask yourself if this reminds you of anything... Elderly let'em die Diseased let'em die Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid users let'em die People of color let'em die The poor, underrepresented and disenfranchised LET'EM DIE They can't wait one week. They are scared of losing and I pray they do 🙏

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Senate Republicans poised to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme CourtFor the first time in U.S. history, the Senate moved a nominee for the nation's highest court toward certain confirmation just eight days before a presidential election. Republicans made the move in a rare weekend session without the support of a single Democrat. 'We've made an important were here for those that are angy. Biden needs to correct this....13 Justices will dillute the importance and impact of a single justice. Simple.... This headline obviously was written by an angry Democrat.

Senate likely to confirm Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court, cementing conservative majorityThe Republican-controlled U.S. Senate is expected on Monday to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, as the next justice to the Supreme Court, a move that will tilt the country's highest court further to the right for years to come. The senate has become a democratic cesspool just pack the court when you win Legal. Constitutional. He can whine all he likes.

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