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Update: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Gets Confirmed

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Updated at 11:15 a.m.

Tom Barrett was confirmed in a unanimous vote Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Update at 10:32 a.m.

Hours after senators voted to move forward on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats called for a confirmation vote for Barrett, who President Trump nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in June.

“We can’t just sit on the sidelines and let Democrats run this country. And our president won’t pull his nominee in response to Democratic noise,” wrote Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Barrett has been criticized for her belief that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms. Democrats also have criticized Barrett’s religious beliefs as they raise concerns about her confirmation.

Schumer said Democrats “will not let Republicans bend our Constitution to fit their vision.”

“An attorney with a biblical belief about the presence of life in the womb is not only a rare breed, it’s a radical one,” he said.

Barrett has been criticized as well by Democrats for her religious beliefs.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that she opposes Barrett’s nomination on “the basis of her strong anti-choice position.”

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