10/27/20 By Rhiannon Melton
The Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court Monday night. This solidifies the Supreme Court with a 6-3 Conservative majority.
The 46 year old judge was confirmed by a 52-48 vote, despite Democrats attempting to delay her confirmation until after Election Day.
Barrett’s confirmation is less than 40 days after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
Democrats have expressed concerns over Barrett’s confirmation, surrounding issues such as healthcare and women’s reproductive rights.
This vote was preceded by 30 consecutive hours of debate, running overnight Sunday into Monday. The debate was civil, with Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, saying the hearing was, “one of the best Senate hearings I’ve ever participated in.”
Barrett is the third justice that the Trump Administration has elected to the Supreme Court. The last president to nominate three justices to the Supreme Court was Ronald Reagan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes his party should feel good about their involvement in Barrett’s confirmation moving forth, saying, “This is something to really be proud of and feel good about. We made an important contribution to the future of this country. A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election … they won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”