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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court despite opposition from Democrats

Added 10-26-20 08:14:02pm EST - “Barrett was confirmed just eight days before the election. Her confirmation gives the Supreme Court a ninth justice and conservatives a 6-3 majority.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court despite opposition from Democrats”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Senate on Monday confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the nation's highest court in a 52-48 vote along party lines.

Barrett, 48, was confirmed with just eight days to go until the election. No justice was ever previously confirmed while voting was already underway. Her confirmation will give the Supreme Court a ninth justice, and conservatives a 6-3 majority.

No Democrat voted in favor of confirming Barrett, President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court justice. 

Previously serving as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Barrett was expected to be confirmed virtually from the moment she was nominated in late September following the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court confirmations in 2017, meaning Republicans only needed a simple majority to confirm Barrett. 

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