SCOTUS Confirmation: Coney Barrett Sworn in Despite Susan Collins Vote

SCOTUS Confirmation: Coney Barrett Sworn in Despite Susan Collins Vote

(RepublicanReport.com) – While not as explosive as Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in 2018, Amy Coney Barrett’s path to the Supreme Court has caused much political division in recent weeks. Nevertheless, she’s now taken her place on the bench. On Monday, October 26, Justice Clarence Thomas swore Coney Barrett into her new role in a White House ceremony.

Donald Trump picked Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September. While Democrats protested that the appointment came too close to next month’s election, the Republican majority in the Senate made her appointment inevitable.

Susan Collins (R-ME) broke with her party line to vote against Coney Barrett’s nomination. Collins, who faces a difficult re-election battle, had previously expressed concerns that the appointment was too close to the presidential election. However, this wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the vote; 52 Senators voted in favor of Coney Barrett’s appointment, with 48 opposing it.

Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment means Conservatives now hold a 6-3 majority in the Supreme Court. This could have major implications for laws around abortion and the Affordable Care Act.

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