Washington, Oct 27 - The United States Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the country's new Supreme Court judge, prompting President Donald Trump to bring another conservative figure to the nine-member court.
In the vote held last night, 52 Republican senators supported Barrett, who was nominated in a very controversial way by the president, while a legislator from that political force, Susan Collins, joined the 47 Democrats and independents in the Upper House in rejecting the Trump's proposal.
The hearings that led to the magistrate's confirmation highlighted the deepening divisions within American politics, to the point that this is the first time in 151 years that a judge has received the endorsement of the Senate without obtaining a single vote from the Senate. minority party.
Trump nominated Barret for the position last September, following the death of prominent liberal judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the decision to proceed with the appointment generated immediate convictions from those who believe that responsibility should fall on the winning candidate of the 3 elections. November, when the president will seek his re-election.
Senate Republicans immediately backed that designation, despite the fact that in 2016, when former Democratic President Barack Obama (2009-2017) wanted to name a replacement after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, it was they themselves who refused to consider that proposal. under the pretext of the proximity of the elections of that year.
In addition to the fact that Barrett's nomination and confirmation at a date so close to the elections generates great controversy, the magistrate also receives numerous criticisms from Democrats for her position on issues of great importance such as the health law known as Obamacare.
The Supreme Court, which with Barrett's arrival will have three liberal and six conservative justices, plans to consider a case on November 10 that could determine the future of that legislation, after several Republican states, with the backing of the federal government, they will file a lawsuit to revoke it.
Based on past comments from the judge, Democrats warn that their vote in that body could deal the final blow to Obamacare, even though that law has the support of 57% of Americans, according to a CNN poll.
Members of the Blue Force also fear that the court's tilt even further to the right will compromise abortion rights and lead the court to side with Trump in any legal disputes arising from the election.
With the arrival of Barret to the court of life members, the governor manages to bring three judges to that body, since at other times of his administration the Senate also confirmed the conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. (Text and photo: PL)