The US Senate on Monday voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. The vote was largely along party lines, with Barrett receiving votes from every Republican Senator except Susan Collins of Maine. This confirmation comes just over a week before Election Day and only 30 days after Barrett was nominated.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Barrett’s nomination last week with a vote of 12-0, with every Democrat on the committee boycotting the vote. The vote to advance the nomination Sunday was also along party lines with the exception of Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Barrett at a White House Ceremony Monday evening. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the judicial oath on Tuesday. After the judicial oath, Barrett will be able to “participate in the work of the Court.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed out the “glaring hypocrisy” in this process after Republican Senators refused to consider former president Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2016 due it being an election year. Obama’s nomination occurred eight months before the election. Schumer attempted to force a vote to adjourn the Senate until after the election, but it did not work.
This confirmation has the potential to shape health care laws and abortion rights for a long time to come. Schumer expressed concerns over the termination of the Affordable Care Act and protections for pre-existing conditions.
The White House highlighted Barrett’s unique perspective. She is the first mother of school-aged children to serve on the Supreme Court and will be the only current justice to have a law degree from a school other than Harvard or Yale.
In 2017 Barrett was confirmed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in another vote mostly along party lines. She was confirmed 55-43, gaining the support of two Democratic Senators.