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Politics Senate Set for Vote Today to Place Barrett on U.S. Supreme Court

12:05  26 october  2020
12:05  26 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Senate Republicans voted to advance Supreme Court nominee judge Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reversed course and will now vote for Barrett despite disliking the rush toward confirmation.

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(Bloomberg) -- Amy Coney Barrett is on the cusp of confirmation, with the Senate ready to vote Monday night to elevate her to the Supreme Court a week before the presidential election and create a 6-3 conservative majority on the court.

The stage was set Sunday when the Senate, on a party-line vote, broke a Democratic filibuster and left her swift elevation all but certain. Barrett is President Donald Trump’s choice to replace the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer on Sept. 18.

In a final piece of controversy after weeks of partisan acrimony over the confirmation, Vice President Mike Pence plans to preside over Monday’s vote in his role as the Senate’s presiding officer, even after the coronavirus pierced his inner circle. Three of Pence’s top aides or advisers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The US senate on Monday is expected to confirm judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US supreme court , marking a third successful nomination for Donald Trump. No president has installed three supreme court justices in one term since the 1980 s .

With Barrett on board, the Supreme Court would have a solid 6-3 conservative majority that could last for years. In the short term, Barrett could weigh in on That’ s because a relatively small investment today can grow into a much larger sum later, after decades of compounding. A great place to start is

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday warned colleagues to take extra precautions against what he called the “carelessness” exhibited by Pence’s decision. He said that aides to a Republican senator, who he didn’t identify, also have tested positive for Covid-19.

Sunday’s vote followed delaying tactics by Democratic opponents and demonstrated that Barrett, 48, has the backing she needs to be be seated on the court.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Meets With Senators Ahead Of Committee Vote © Bloomberg Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Meets With Senators Ahead Of Committee Vote

Amy Coney Barrett

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor Sunday, called Barrett “a stellar nominee in every single respect” who will have a lasting impact.

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The Republican-controlled U . S . Senate on Sunday plans to move closer toward a final confirmation vote on President Donald Trump' s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett , on Monday, just over a week before Election Day. With Republicans controlling the chamber 53-47 and no indication of

Senate Republicans secured a 51-to-48 vote to limit debate on Judge Amy Coney Barrett ’ s Supreme Court nomination, setting up the final confirmation vote for We’re moving this nomination forward, and colleagues, by tomorrow night we’ll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court .”

”We made an important contribution to the future of this country,” he said. “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”

Barrett, an appellate court judge who teaches at Notre Dame Law School and once clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will extend Trump’s drive to reshape the federal judiciary and could give the Supreme Court a rightward tilt for decades.

White House officials were exploring the possibility of holding an outdoor event to swear in Barrett as soon as late Monday night following the final Senate confirmation vote, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans were still in the works.

Undue Haste

Senate Democrats used procedural delays and a Judiciary Committee boycott to protest a process they say unfolded with undue haste after Ginsburg’s Sept. 18 death, and as voting was under way to elect a new president and one-third of the Senate.

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They say Barrett could change how the court might rule in areas including abortion, the Affordable Care Act, civil rights and lawsuits that could stem from the 2020 elections.

“The Senate has never confirmed a Supreme Court justice so close to the election,” Schumer said after the vote.

“Republicans are rushing to hold a confirmation vote tomorrow night, eight days before the election and after more than 50 million Americans have voted for president -- quite possibly a different president -- to pick justices on their behalf,” Schumer said. He accused Republicans of leveraging “raw political power.”

Democrats and two Republicans -- Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska -- voted Sunday against allowing Barrett’s nomination to advance to Monday’s final vote. Both said earlier the vacancy should be filled by the next president, whether it’s Trump or Democrat Joe Biden.

Collins has also said she’ll vote against Barrett’s confirmation, but Murkowski announced Saturday she would support confirmation in Monday’s vote because Barrett, in her opinion, is qualified for the job.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Trump-nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court , despite the body' s Democratic members' efforts to frustrate the process by boycotting the vote . The 12 Republican members of the committee unanimously approved Barrett ' s nomination

Amy Coney Barrett ' s nomination to the US Supreme Court comes as little surprise. And her vote , alongside a conservative majority, could make the difference for decades ahead, especially on Judge Barrett lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Jesse, a former federal prosecutor who is

“While I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not hold it against her,” Murkowski said in a floor speech on Saturday.

Hot-Button Issues

In testimony this month to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett declined to answer questions on how she might rule on issues ranging from abortion to voting rights to health care.

While saying she wasn’t calling for the court to be more aggressive in overturning its precedents, when given a chance she didn’t include cases involving access to abortion and contraception rights on her list of “super-precedents” that would be unthinkable to overturn.

Democrats have warned of Barrett’s potential impact on the ACA, their central issue for the upcoming election. Barrett likely would be on the court when it hears arguments Nov. 10 in a case that could undo Obamacare, which provides health insurance for 20 million Americans.

‘Signals’ Received

”She’s sent plenty of signals in the past about how she feels about the ACA,” said Senator Dick Durbin on Illinois, the No. 2 Democratic leader and a senior Judiciary Committee member. He said Trump Republicans are “bound and determined” to abolish Obamacare.

When pressed by Democrats, the nominee also wouldn’t commit to recusing herself from cases related to the 2020 election that may come before the court. Trump said earlier he wanted Ginsburg’s replacement to help rule in his favor.

A devout Catholic and mother of seven, Barrett personally opposes abortion and once wrote that it is “always immoral.” But she testified she will set aside her personal views in her work as a judge.

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Fact check: There is no Sen. Rob Donaldson, so posts of his speech about Barrett are fake .
A post on new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett originated as a hypothetical. It took off, with many people assuming it was from a real senator.Several Facebook posts shared in the wake of those hearings include a long comment appearing to be a transcript of a speech made by a Sen. Rob Donaldson before the committee.

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