THE SENATE confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as an associate justice on the Supreme Court.
A victory for Republicans that will cement a conservative majority and alter the court for decades to come.
Barrett, was confirmed, 52-48, to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her installation caps off a contentious and expedited process. This is the second shortest confirmation of a Supreme Court justice since the Ford administration and the fastest confirmation since the late Justice John Paul Stevens at 19 days.
Democrats were unified in their opposition, but acknowledged they had limited tools to push back in the minority and that Barrett's confirmation was inevitable.
Barrett, will be sworn in Monday night at an outdoor White House ceremony and will be administered the oath by Justice Clarence Thomas. Barrett's confirmation will now have a 6-3 conservative bloc on the court, a devout Catholic and former law school professor at Notre Dame University who, has espoused views against abortion. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina framed Barrett's confirmation as a major milestone for conservative women.
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