(UnitedVoice.com) – President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the Sept. 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The president made the announcement during a Sept. 26 White House Rose Garden address.
Barret taught law at the prestigious University of Notre Dame for 15 years before being nominated in 2017 by President Trump to serve on the Seventh Federal Court of Appeals. A “Constitutional Originalist,” her views closely resemble those of former Justice Antonin Scalia, who suddenly passed away in the last year of Barack Obama’s second term in office.
The Next Step: Senate Confirmation
Barrett’s nomination will now most likely go before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. The committee will conduct a background investigation on the nominee and conduct hearings considering Barrett’s qualifications, judicial record, and legal philosophy.
Next, the committee will take a vote on the nomination and will forward its recommendation for consideration before the full Senate. The Senate will debate the nomination. Upon completion of those debates, the Senate votes to confirm or deny the nomination. Due to an April 2017 Senate rule change, a simple majority of 51 votes is all that is required for confirmation.
Barrett’s confirmation is all but assured for two reasons: First, she was already vetted by the Senate during her 2017 confirmation to the appellate bench; Second, the Republicans have 53 Senators, which means they could lose up to three votes and still confirm the nomination provided Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote in favor of the nominee.
Conservative Dominance on the Court
Democrats have complained about the nomination and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to hold a vote on the nominee before the election in November. However, historic precedent supports Barrett’s nomination and Senate confirmation.
If Barrett is confirmed, conservative justices on the Supreme Court will have a two-to-one advantage with six conservative justices to the liberals’ three. Considering the current ages of the justices, conservatives will likely dominate the court for decades, perhaps longer.
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