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Republican senator who opposed filling Supreme Court seat prior to election will still vote for Amy Coney Barrett

Republican senator Lisa Murkowski Source: ABACA

Lisa Murkowski’s support helps cement the near certainty that Ms Barrett will take up a lifetime appointment on the bench despite universal Democratic opposition.

One of two Republican US senators who had opposed the pre-election confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, has said she would nevertheless vote to confirm her. 

Speaking on the floor of the US Senate on Saturday, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska reiterated her opposition to the rushed confirmation process, which will culminate in a final vote on Monday, just over a week from 3 Nocember election. 

“The timing of this confirmation that we have before us will serve to reinforce the public perception about political influence on the court,” she said.

However, she said, “I have no doubt about her capability to do the job and to do it well". 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is sworn in during the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 12 October 2020.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is sworn in during the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court on 12 October.
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Ms Murkowski’s support helps cement the near certainty that Ms Barrett will take up a lifetime appointment on the bench despite universal Democratic opposition.

Republicans hold the Senate with a 53-47 majority, meaning at least four Republican senators would have had to break ranks to block Ms Barrett’s confirmation.

Another Republican Senator, Susan Collins of Maine, has also said the senate should not consider a nominee before the election between Mr Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

Like Ms Murkowski, Ms Collins had voted on Friday against proceeding to a full Senate vote over Ms Barrett’s confirmation.

Democrats were incensed that Senate Republicans moved forward with Ms Barrett’s confirmation process so near an election after refusing in 2016 to allow the chamber to act on a Supreme Court nomination by Mr Trump’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, because it was an election year.

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