Sen. Susan Collins votes ‘no’ on Amy Coney Barrett confirmation to Supreme Court

Sen. Susan Collins voted “no” on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night.Collins did not deliver a floor speech like she did when she announced she would vote yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court two years ago.The senator was the only Republican to cast a no vote as Barrett was confirmed by the Senate, 52-48. Independent Sen. Angus King also voted no.In a statement inserted into the Congressional record on Sunday, Collins said, “Because this vote is occurring prior to the election, I will vote against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. To be clear, my vote does not reflect any conclusion that I have reached about Judge Barrett’s qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court.”Collins’ statement echoes what she told WMTW News 8 two weeks ago.”It is not a comment on her; it is a comment on the process, rushing through,” Collins said.Maine’s other Senator, independent Angus King, said he plans to vote no as well.”This election is already a third over, and yet we’re barreling a foot forward with this nomination. We shouldn’t even be here,” King said.King said Barrett dodged too many questions during the confirmation hearings. The White House never asked Collins to meet her. Republicans have enough votes to push through her confirmation.”Sen. Collins has never cast a consequential vote against a controversial Trump judicial nominee, and that includes tonight’s vote,” Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon said.Gideon campaigned with Colby College students Monday afternoon. Gideon pointed out that Collins previously voted to confirm Barrett three years ago as a federal judge despite her views on abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act.”For a lifetime appointment to the Court of Appeals, and that was after knowing where the judge stood both on Roe v. Wade, calling it ‘barbaric,’ also on the ACA, she called the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ACA quote unquote ‘illegitimate,’” Gideon said.When asked if she would support expanding the size of the Supreme Court, Gideon said she would evaluate any proposal to restore an independent judiciary.”Right now, the only way I hear this framed is in the context of Democrats versus Republicans and how each party one ups the other or who is to blame. We need to move away from that,” Gideon said.Collins has never missed a Senate roll call vote in her 24 years in office. Monday night’s vote was number 7,485 and her last before the election.

Sen. Susan Collins voted “no” on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night.

Collins did not deliver a floor speech like she did when she announced she would vote yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court two years ago.

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The senator was the only Republican to cast a no vote as Barrett was confirmed by the Senate, 52-48. Independent Sen. Angus King also voted no.

In a statement inserted into the Congressional record on Sunday, Collins said, “Because this vote is occurring prior to the election, I will vote against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. To be clear, my vote does not reflect any conclusion that I have reached about Judge Barrett’s qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Collins’ statement echoes what she told WMTW News 8 two weeks ago.

“It is not a comment on her; it is a comment on the process, rushing through,” Collins said.

Maine’s other Senator, independent Angus King, said he plans to vote no as well.

“This election is already a third over, and yet we’re barreling a foot forward with this nomination. We shouldn’t even be here,” King said.

King said Barrett dodged too many questions during the confirmation hearings.

The White House never asked Collins to meet her. Republicans have enough votes to push through her confirmation.

“Sen. Collins has never cast a consequential vote against a controversial Trump judicial nominee, and that includes tonight’s vote,” Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon said.

Gideon campaigned with Colby College students Monday afternoon. Gideon pointed out that Collins previously voted to confirm Barrett three years ago as a federal judge despite her views on abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act.

“For a lifetime appointment to the Court of Appeals, and that was after knowing where the judge stood both on Roe v. Wade, calling it ‘barbaric,’ also on the ACA, she called the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ACA quote unquote ‘illegitimate,’” Gideon said.

When asked if she would support expanding the size of the Supreme Court, Gideon said she would evaluate any proposal to restore an independent judiciary.

“Right now, the only way I hear this framed is in the context of Democrats versus Republicans and how each party one ups the other or who is to blame. We need to move away from that,” Gideon said.

Collins has never missed a Senate roll call vote in her 24 years in office. Monday night’s vote was number 7,485 and her last before the election.