The Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the nation's highest court in a 52-48 vote. Barrett was confirmed just eight days before Election Day. Her confirmation, filling the place of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, gives conservatives a 6-3 majority. Here's what her confirmation could mean for the future of U.S. politics.
Not a single Democrat voted for Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation
No Democrat voted in favor of confirming Barrett, who's President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court appointment. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, voted against Barrett's confirmation.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed Republicans for pushing through Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Monday.
What's at stake?
During her confirmation hearings, Barrett repeatedly refused to answer questions on topics ranging from Roe v. Wade and climate change to same-sex marriage and healthcare. Pundits predict that cases revolving around healthcare, climate change, and abortion rights are now at stake.
Could Democrats expand the Supreme Court if Biden wins the election?
"Court packing" is a catch all term generally referring to adding more justices to the Supreme Court to shift its ideological balance. Biden said prior to Barrett’s confirmation that he is personally not in favor of adding justices to the Supreme Court, but warned Republicans may force his hand.