On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old conservative appeals court judge. After Democrats unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the nomination, Republicans only needed 52 votes to confirm her.
The vote was 52 to 48. Every Democratic Senator and one Republican Senator, Susan Collins, voted against her. It was the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without a single vote from the minority party, according to the New York Times.
With a 6-3 conservative majority, the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, climate change legislation, workers’ rights, and more are at stake. Constitutional law experts say it's time for 18-year term limits for justices. Others say Democrats should add justices to rebalance the court.
Sabeel Rahman, president of Demos, Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and author of Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis
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