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Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as the Supreme Court associate justice by Justice Clarence Thomas as her husband Jesse Barrett and President Donald Trump look on during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Annah Johnson

The Judiciary Committee confirmed the much-contested nomination of a Supreme Court Justice with just eight days before a presidential election. 

Democrats resoundingly opposed the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice as a record number of Americans have already voted for the next president. While the American Bar Association and many Republican officials are confident in Amy Coney Barrett’s ability to be impartial, many others have raised concerns about what her nomination will mean for the ruling on the Affordable Care Act – and possibly Roe V. Wade.

Barrett is the third appointee to the Supreme Court of President Donald Trump’s administration. This nomination gives a 6-3 majority for conservatives on the court.

The 12-0 vote to move forward with this confirmation was not exactly unanimous, considering 10 Senate Democrats boycotted the vote entirely. The final vote ran almost entirely along party lines, with the exclusion of Republican Susan Collins of Maine, as 52 Republicans voted successfully tipping the scale in favor of the nominee.

With haste late Monday evening, Oct. 26, Barrett was sworn in as the 115th Associate Justice to the nation’s highest court, with Judge Clarence Thomas delivering the constitutional oath.

 

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