Saturday Afternoon, President Trump announced his pick to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, nominating Federal Appellate Court Judge and Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett. This marks the President’s third nomination for the High Court and it comes a little over a week after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett’s nomination is being lauded by Conservatives, but Democrats, concerned about a 6-3 Conservative majority on the Court, are squaring up for a fight.
Saturday’s ceremony at the White House celebrated Amy Coney Barrett’s personal and professional achievements. They highlighted the fact that she is a woman, a mother of 7 children who appeared with her at the event including 2 that were adopted from Haiti, one with Down’s Syndrome. But overall, it is her Conservative views that are most appealing to the President and to Republicans.
President Donald Trump announcing who he hopes will be the next Supreme Court Justice. His pick: Amy Coney Barrett – a 48-year-old Appellate Judge and Notre Dame Law Professor. She’s a Conservative mother of seven, and former Law Clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. If confirmed, Barrett would be just the fifth woman to sit on the Supreme Court. The Nomination comes amid strong backlash from Democrats, who believe Republicans should wait and allow the winner of the election to fill the vacancy. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing forward and believes he has enough votes to confirm the nominee. Democrats are vowing to try to slow down the process, but their options may be limited.
There is a schedule for these confirmation hearings that is already circulating among Senators. That schedule has hearings beginning on October 12th and then happening over 4 days. That gives them enough time to have a vote before the end of October.