Donald Trump had nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Now the US Senate is about to have one Decision that could soon have consequences.
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The US Senate wants to vote this Monday (local time) on the confirmation of Conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. The choice of the 48-year-old from the state of Indiana is considered largely safe. President Donald Trump’s Republicans have a majority of 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate, and so far only Senator Susan Collins wants to leave. The Republican is in the state of Maine in a tight race to be re-elected on November 3rd.
Trump’s Republicans in the Senate had their majority on Sunday limited the debate to 30 hours before the vote. Barrett could be officially confirmed on Monday evening. Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the President and appointed for life by the Senate.
The consequences of the succession could soon become apparent
According to Trump’s will, Barrett is to succeed the liberal judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September. With her there would be six conservative and only three liberal judges at the Supreme Court in the future. The shift in the balance of power could already have consequences in early November if Republicans and Democrats sue for alleged violations in the presidential election and these cases end up in the Supreme Court.
But it is also about future judgments in the highest instance on particularly controversial topics such as abortion, health care, immigration policy, election campaign financing and regulations in the environment or the world of work. The Supreme Court repeatedly sets the course for the development of American society.
The Republicans celebrate, the Democrats doubt
Trump’s Republicans celebrate the controversial quick nomination and confirmation of Barrett so close to the election as a major achievement. They hope that they will also receive appropriate support from conservative voters. “This is something we can be really proud of,” said Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday. “We have made an important contribution to the future of the country.”
The Democrats around presidential candidate Joe Biden had demanded that only the winner of the election should decide on the Ginsburg successor. The Democratic minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, also addressed voters on Sunday: “Do not forget America. Do not forget what is happening here.