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U-S Senate Confirms Barrett to Supreme Court; Hawley Praises Her

FILE - IN this Jan 15, 2019 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee committee member Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Attorney General nominee William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hawley is facing conservative backlash after raising concerns with President Donald Trump's nominee to a high-profile appeals court. The Judicial Crisis Network on Monday announced plans to spend $500,000 on Missouri ads to sway Hawley to support D.C.-area U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao. Hawley on Monday told KFTK 97.1 FM Newstalk's Marc Cox that Rao doesn't have a strong record on abortion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Missouri’s junior senator is praising the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice, who was sworn-in Monday after being confirmed by the Senate on a 52-48 vote.

GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who serves on the Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, was impressed with Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s testimony at hearings.

Hawley, who voted to confirm Barrett, describes her as a fair and impartial jurist and a strong constitutionalist.

Senator Hawley describes Barrett as “the most openly pro-life Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed in my lifetime.”

Missouri GOP Senator Roy Blunt also voted to confirm Barrett.

Missouri Democratic Party Acting Chair Clem Smith criticizes the vote, noting it happened eight days before the election. Smith also predicts that Barrett “will have a hand in dismanting the Affordable Care Act.”

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