A majority of the United States Senate has, as expected, approved the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The conservative judge was nominated by President Trump. 52 Senators voted for Barrett, 48 against.
The 48-year-old judge succeeds the progressive Ruth Bader Ginsbrug, who passed away last month. Barrett is the third judge to successfully nominate Trump to the Supreme Court since taking office in 2017.
Never before has a nomination to the Supreme Court been approved so shortly before the presidential election.
Six Conservative Judges
With Barrett taking office, the Supreme Court counts six judges known as conservative, versus three progressive judges. The Conservatives will likely hold the majority in the US’s highest judicial body for years to come, as judges are appointed for life.
Last week the judiciary committee voted in the Senate already agreed with the nomination of Barrett, paving the way for the vote. Since the Republicans have a majority in the Senate, there was no doubt about the outcome of the vote.