Barrett is Named New Supreme Court Justice!

Federal Court Judge Amy Barrett Named New Supreme Court Justice!

Barrett is Named New Supreme Court Justice!

Alfonso Diaz and Danny Buckwell

The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All but one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, supported her.

In a White House ceremony following the vote, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett.

Her confirmation hearings started less than a month after Ruth Gader Ginsburg’s death, and this is the closest to an election a Supreme court Justice vote has ever been held.

“Justice Barrett made clear she will issue rulings based solely upon a faithful reading of the law and the Constitution as written not legislate from the bench,” Trump said during a swearing in ceremony at the White House on Monday. ”

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was the only Republican to vote against Barrett after expressing objections to moving a Supreme Court nomination before an election after Republicans blocked Obama nominee Merrick Garland ahead of the 2016 election.  All 45 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats voted against Barrett’s confirmation.

“This is something to really be proud of and feel good about. We made an important contribution to the future of this country,”  McConnell said as the Senate advanced Barrett for confirmation for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. “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.”

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