"Momentous Day": Trump On Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation
Oct 28 2020
Amy Coney Barrett is pledging to carry out her duties as a Supreme Court justice "without any fear or favor" toward the other branches of government or her own beliefs.
Immediately after the vote the White House announced that Trump would attend a "swearing-in ceremony" for Barrett on the mansion's South Lawn, where she will take an oath to uphold the US Constitution.
The confirmation made Barrett, a devout Catholic and longtime law professor at Notre Dame University, the 115th justice of the Supreme Court and the fifth woman ever to sit on the bench.
Barrett was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate that approved her along party lines, 52 to 48.
"The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote matters", Biden said in a statement.
Chief Justice John Roberts is slated to administer the Judicial Oath to the newest associated justice on Tuesday, after which she will be able to begin her work in the lifetime position.
Barrett's installation on the Supreme Court to serve what will potentially be a lifelong tenure will further consolidate the conservative majority on the bench, giving Republican appointees a 6-3 edge over those picked by Democratic presidents.
Obviously, there's the hypocrisy of pushing through a nominee this close to Election Day, when approximately 66 million Americans have already cast their vote early, when just four and a half years ago, these same Republicans refused to even hold a hearing or vote on then-President Obama's nominee in an election year.
"Vote for a president, for Members of Congress, and candidates up and down the ticket who actually have a plan for health care, and who will build on the Affordable Care Act to expand coverage, bring down costs, and give you more choices", the Democratic nominee said.
"You can't win them all, and elections have consequences".
Speaking at the White House, she said: "It is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences".
A conservative, Barrett fills the vacancy created by the September death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who led the court's liberal voting bloc.
While Democrats warn that Barrett could vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and perhaps overturn the landmark 1973 decision protecting abortion rights, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said she had shown a "total and complete commitment to impartiality".