The ninth justice of the Supreme Court is about to take her seat. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Republican-led Senate on Monday evening. The vote will cap off a whirlwind last few weeks as Republicans worked to get Judge Barrett approved before Election Day. The confirmation of Barrett will solidify a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
Democrats have objected to the confirmation of Judge Barrett in the lead up to Nov. 3 election, but with Republicans holding a 53-47 majority, there is not much they can do to stop the process.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a long speech on the Senate floor on Sunday and said, “The Senate is doing the right thing. We’re moving this nomination forward, and colleagues, by tomorrow night we’ll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court.” McConnell went on to call Barrett one of the “most qualified nominees for judicial service that we have seen in our lifetimes.”
Judge Barrett will be filling the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18. The confirmation will be the third justice nominated by Donald Trump and confirmed to the court during his presidency, the most in one term since President Richard Nixon. Trump’s other appointees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
The Court will begin its next session on Nov. 2 and Judge Barrett is expected to be sworn in and sitting on the court before that session gets under way.