Senate votes to advance SCOTUS nominee Barrett

Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. The vote was 51-48. (Oct. 25)

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- Vote your motion. We the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 22 of the standing rules of the Senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, signed by 18 Senators. Senators voting in the affirmative, Alexander, Barrasso, Blackburn, Blunt, Boozman, Braun, Burr, Capito, Cassidy-- Ms. Warren, no. Mr. Schumer-- Mr. Schumer, no. Mr. Tester-- Mr. Tester, no.

The yays are 51, the nays are 48. The motion is agreed to.

- If the separation of powers was to endure and the people's rights were to be safe, we would need individuals of the highest quality on the courts. So how fortunate for our country that the Senate just advanced one of the most qualified nominees for judicial service that we've seen in our lifetimes. Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is a stellar nominee in every single respect.