Susan Collins says she is voting against ACB confirmation to be “fair and consistent”

While Judge Amy Coney Barrett is expected to be confirmed, it will be without the vote of Republican Senator Susan Collins.

Collins said in a statement “Prior to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, I stated that, should a vacancy on the Supreme Court arise, the Senate should follow the precedent set four years ago and not vote on a nominee prior to the presidential election.”

“Because this vote is occurring prior to the election, I will vote against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” she continues.

Collins added “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’ Senate opponent Sara Gideon wrote:

Susan Collins confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the 7th Circuit even though she called the ACA unconstitutional & Roe v. Wade “barbaric.”

This vote is a political calculation—she’s rubber-stamped 181 far-right nominees, including Amy Coney Barrett.