Amy Coney Barret nominated as the new Supreme Court Judge
As expected, President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett as the new Supreme Court Judge. The 48 – year-old conservative Barrett, when it comes to Trump, takes the place of the recently deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
If the Senate agrees to the nomination, the balance in the Supreme Court will continue to prevail in favour of the Conservatives, with six conservative and three progressive judges. The nomination is therefore of great political importance.
The Senate wants to vote on the nomination before the presidential election on november 3. The Republicans have the majority there. Trump has said that the first Senate hearings are scheduled for October 12th.
Amy Coney Barrett is a strict Catholic and opposed to abortion and gay marriage. She’s still a judge at a federal court in Chicago, handling appeals. Before that, she was a professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Trump described Barrett at a ceremony in the White House garden as one of the most brilliant lawyers in the United States.
Barrett himself said he was honored by the talk and wanted to be there for all Americans. In the direction of her critics, she said that as a high judge she is not “for those in my own circle and certainly not for myself”.
Judges at the Supreme Court are appointed for life and can therefore often co-decide on major policy issues for decades.
It’s the third time Trump has been able to nominate a Supreme Court Judge. Earlier he came with conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Gorsuch was nominated shortly after Trumps ‘ inauguration, before which the Republicans had for months refused to vote on a more progressive judge proposed by Trumps’s predecessor Obama.
The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has called on the Senate not to vote for the candidate. He also says that U.S. health care is in jeopardy because Barrett disagrees with a Supreme Court ruling to allow president Obama’s health care bill. Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare.