President Trump Nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald J. Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, September 26, 2020, who was joined by her husband Jesse Barrett and their children. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead). Image Source: Flickr The White House

Following a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee last week, the Republican-led Senate has voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the 115th Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court on Monday, just about a week before Election Day and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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

President Trump spoke at the event, thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and calling today a “momentous day” for America, the constitution, and the rule of law. Trump also praised Barrett’s intellect and poise during the confirmation process. Several Republican senators were also in attendance.

“Having confirmed her to the Circuit Court in 2017 with bipartisan support, the Senate has already undertaken a thorough and rigorous review of her record,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said after President Trump made the nomination last month.

Barrett, 48, a federal appeals judge, will fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died Sept. 18, and she is expected to impel a sharp ideological turn on the court. 

Some legal experts say it will be the most conservative Supreme Court since before World War II. The addition of Barrett could solidify the right’s advantages on issues like campaign finance and gun rights while threatening progressive issues like abortion rights, voting rights, and health care regulations.

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