U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he is nominating Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appellate judge, for the Supreme Court to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said of Barrett from the White House Rose Garden.
“This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation,” he said, while calling for a “respectful and dignified” process for the Supreme Court nominee.
If confirmed by the Senate, Barrett will fill the vacancy left by the death of Ginsburg and give the conservative wing a solid 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court.
With the Republicans holding a 53-47 advantage in the Senate and only two senators of the party voicing opposition in moving forward the process, Trump appears to have a clear path to have his third Supreme Court pick confirmed.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is planing to start hearings on Barrett’s nomination on October 12, according to reports from multiple U.S. media outlets citing sources familiar with the schedule.