Barrett’s confirmation comes a week before the presidential election
Layla Mashkoor | The National News
October 27, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett was on Monday appointed to be the next justice on the US Supreme Court after the Republican-led Senate voted in her favour.
The move comes one week before the US presidential election on November 3, marking a major victory for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party who rushed to confirm Ms Barrett for the lifetime appointment.
Ms Barrett is the third Supreme Court justice the Trump administration has nominated.
Her confirmation means the bench will hold six justices with a history of ruling in favour of Republican policies, and three who tend to lean Democratic in their rulings.
With Ms Barrett on the bench, significant policies could be called into question, starting with whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
The court is due to begin hearing arguments on the case a week after the election.
A divided Senate debated Ms Barrett’s nomination fervently, with Democrats arguing against the empty seat being filled while Americans are in the middle of an election.
More than 62 million ballots have already been cast in early voting.