The Judiciary Committee members voted for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be appointed to the Supreme Court. The Democrats boycotted the vote.
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The Judiciary Committee of the US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate for the Supreme Court. With the vote for Amy Coney Barrett this Thursday, the way is clear for the vote in the Senate plenary, which is scheduled for Monday.
The Democrats in the committee boycotted the vote. They protested loudly against the nomination of the 48-year-old Catholic. Barrett is set to succeed the recently deceased liberal judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The conservative judges at the Supreme Court would have a majority of 6: 3 seats in the future.
Republicans hold a majority in the Senate
Barrett is highly respected in the Christian Conservative camp, one of Trump’s core voters. His Democratic challenger Joe Biden had demanded that the winner of the presidential election on November 3 should determine who will succeed him to Ginsburg. This is what the Republicans argued in the last year in office of US President Barack Obama.
Republicans hold 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate. At least four of their senators would have to defeat the Democrats to block Barrett’s confirmation. Only two senators have so far declared that a nomination should not be decided until 2021.