Republican-controlled Senate hands President Trump a major pre-election political victory by confirming his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.
The Senate voted 51-48, largely along party lines, on Sunday afternoon to limit debate on the nomination, teeing up the final vote that is expected to take place on Monday evening.
Never has the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court nominee so close to a presidential election.
The Senate Judiciary Committee set an October 22 vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination before the November 3 election.
US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett says she will consider both sides of arguments over health care, sexual preference discrimination, guns or reproductive rights.
After sitting in silence through nearly four hours of opening statements from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the 48-year-old federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett laid out her approach to the bench.
US President Trump said he's already made up his mind but hasn't confirmed reports on picking Barrett for the Supreme Court seat.
The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has changed the complexion of the election campaign. Expect a fierce fight over any nominee for the court.
With Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement at the end of July from the highest court in the United States, US President Donald Trump says he will nominate a replacement from a list of 25 for the lifetime appointment.
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