Washington: The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate won a pre-election political victory Monday by confirming President Donald Trump’s confirmation of Supreme Court candidate Amy Connie Barrett and confirming that the White House is planning an upcoming celebration.
The Senate won a conservative majority with a 52-48, 6-3 in the High Court against Democrats’ unified Barrett’s confirmation. One Republican, Susan Collins, opposed the confirmation.
The planned ceremony at the White House came a month after a similar incident was linked to a COVID-19 outbreak before Trump’s own infection. Barrett will succeed the liberal judge Ruth Vader Ginsberg, who died last month.
According to White House officials, at the event, a conservative Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas, will enforce one of two tenure oaths that a judge must take.
Supreme Court Chief John Roberts will execute a separate judicial oath in court on Tuesday, the court said in a statement.
Trump, who is promoting his appointment at an election rally in response to the cheers of his supporters, confirmed in the Senate that he would put Barrett, 48, a lifetime pre-election post on November 3 after Democrat Joe Biden in a national poll . A Supreme Court judge so close to the presidential election has never been confirmed.
Trump says he expects the courts to decide the outcome of the election and wants Barrett to participate in all election-related cases before the judge.
Shortly before the Senate vote, the court ordered to curb the deadline for receiving mail-by-mail ballots on Wisconsin’s electoral battlefield by voting 5-3 with conservative judges.
Barrett’s confirmation could move the Supreme Court further to the right, paving the way for conservative judgments that curb abortion rights, expand gun rights, and limit voting rights.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that a majority of Republicans are “burning trust” by voting closer to the election after blocking the 2016 election year candidates for President Barack Obama.
“The truth is, this nomination is part of a decades-long effort to lean the judiciary to the far right.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell defended Barrett’s nomination.
“If the shoe was on the other foot, you could be sure,” McConnell said. “You can’t beat them all, and elections bring results.”
Federal Court of Appeals Judge Barrett said Trump has been elected to court for the third time since Trump took office in 2017 as part of his success in moving the wider federal judiciary to the right.
Barrett is expected to join Trump and Republican-led states on November 10 in an attempt to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. The 2010 Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, helped millions of Americans get health insurance and banned private insurance companies from denying medical coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Barrett criticized the previous ruling in support of Obamacare, but said at a confirmation hearing there was no agenda to invalidate the bill.
At a confirmation hearing held two weeks ago by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a favorite of Christian conservatives, Barrett harassed Democrats by avoiding questions about abortion, presidential power, climate change, voting rights, Obama Care and other issues.
COVID-19 cases broke out among top Republicans, including Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the September 26th Rose Garden Awards, when Trump nominated Barrett as a nominee. The president spent three nights hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment.
The event at the White House rose garden was crowded with guests without masks.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters that Monday’s event could take place outdoors.
“Tonight we will do our best to promote as much social distancing as possible,” Meadows said.
Senator Kevin Kramer, a Republican-Trump ally, said he is not overly concerned about attending the White House event.
“I expect everyone to practice proper hygiene and social distancing,” Cramer told reporters.
Several other Republican senators said they weren’t sure they would attend, and McConnell did not respond to the reporter’s request.
Earlier this month, McConnell said he had never been to the White House since August because it covers COVID-19 precautions.