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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Amy Coney Barrett is headed to to the Supreme Court.

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee Monday even with a vote of 52 to 48.

Barrett will be the third Supreme Court justice nominated by Trump. At 48, she is likely to secure a conservative court majority for years to come.

Unable to stop the vote, Democrats argued the winner of the Nov. 3 election should choose the nominee.

Barrett will fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died last month.

In response to the vote, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, of Iowa, released a statement regarding Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"By any measure, Judge Barrett is eminently qualified and well suited for the post she will soon hold. I have every confidence that she will not only serve as an exceptional justice, but also as a role model for generations to come," said Grassley.

Grassley is one of three Siouxland senators who sit on the Judiciary Committee and questioned Justice Barrett over four days.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, of Iowa, also sits on the Judiciary Committee.
The Republican praised Justice Barrett's independence saying, "Judge Barrett understands the importance of an independent Supreme Court-- one that does not act as a 'super legislature'-- but instead interprets the Constitution and applies the law as written."

And, Senator Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, another member of the Judiciary Committee, lauded Justice Barrett's position to help shape the Supreme Court for generations.

"This is good news for every American because she rises above the partisan gamesmanship and applies the law faithfully with no hidden agenda," said Sasse.

After Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice Monday night, Trump spoke on the South Lawn of the White House. Following the president's speech, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to Barrett.

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