Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked doggedly to arrange a simple-majority vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett in under 40 days. Finally, the Senate voted 52-48 Monday night, making Barrett the Supreme Court’s newest associate justice.
Barrett was sworn-in at a dramatic White House ceremony:
After voting to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) bucked her fellow Republicans and opposed Barrett’s nomination. Collins said she agreed with Democrats who objected to approving a Supreme Court nominee so close to an election. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) expressed similar concerns. Ultimately, Murkowski voted for Barrett, saying that she would not hold her process objections against Barrett personally.
Every Senate Democrat and the two independents who caucus with them voted against Barrett.
Barrett’s confirmation caps President Trump’s historic first-term transformation of the judiciary.