As expected, a majority of the United States Senate has approved the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The conservative judge was nominated by President Trump. 52 Senators voted for Barrett, 48 against.
After the vote, she took an oath at the White House, in front of about 200 people. A small-scale ceremony at the Supreme Court will follow tomorrow, after which she will actually accede.
The 48-year-old judge succeeds the progressive Ruth Bader Ginsbrug, who died last month. Barrett is the third judge to successfully nominate Trump to the Supreme Court since taking office in 2017.
Never before has a nomination to the Supreme Court been approved so shortly before the presidential election. The Democrats felt that the nomination should be lifted over next week’s election. Then there will be a vote not only for the new president, but also for 35 seats in the Senate, where the Republicans now hold the majority.
Six Conservative Judges
With Barrett taking office, the Supreme Court counts six judges known as conservative, versus three progressive judges. The Conservatives will likely hold the majority in the US’s highest judicial body for years to come, as judges are appointed for life.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee already voted in favor of Barrett’s nomination, paving the way for the vote. Due to the Republican majority there was no doubt about the outcome of the vote.
Supporters and opponents of Barrett’s nomination took to the streets at the Supreme Court building in Washington: