Amy Coney Barrett Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
A little over an hour after the vote, Barrett was sworn in during a ceremony at the White House as the 115th associate justice on the Supreme Court and the fifth woman to serve on the bench.
The full Senate, who worked through a rare weekend session, voted 52–48 largely along party lines to confirm Barrett as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the sole Republican to join all Democrats in voting against the nominee after Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) indicated over the weekend she would vote “yes” to confirm.
Her confirmation followed a 30-hour debate on the upper house floor that began on Oct. 25 after the nomination cleared a procedural hurdle, also largely on party lines, to limit debate.
Barrett, 48, is expected to be sworn-in during a ceremony to be held at the White House later on Oct. 26, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters earlier in the day. Trump also confirmed that the White House is planning an event for Barrett for this evening, adding that it would not be a large event.
Justice Clarence Thomas is expected to administer the official Constitutional Oath to Barrett at the White House, a senior White House official told media outlets before the vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) delivered the final remarks to the floor prior to the vote. He told the Senate floor, “This evening, the Senate will render one of the most consequential judgments it can ever deliver. We will approve a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.
“This is one of the most brilliant, admired, and well-qualified nominees in our lifetime,” McConnell said of Barrett. “By any objective standard, colleagues, Judge Barretts deserves to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.”
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Photo: President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)