US Senate Confirms Barrett's Nomination To Be Supreme Court Justice
The Senate on Monday confirmed Barrett's nomination by a 52-48 vote, strictly along partisan lines, filling the vacancy left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett is expected to be sworn-in later on Monday.
The move further cements the high-court's conservative majority which had a 5-4 edge even prior to the September death of Ginsburg, a liberal icon. President Donald Trump wanted to fast-track Barrett's confirmation because he feels the November 3 presidential election could end up being decided by the Supreme Court. The Democrats pushed back, arguing that the winner of the election should fill the vacancy.