McConnell vindicated as Supreme Court nominee confirmed

Frederick Owens
April 19, 2017

"As I look back on my career, I think the most consequential decision I've ever been involved in was the decision to let the president being elected past year pick the Supreme Court nominee", McConnell said during a news conference just before the vote.

The appointment of Mr Gorsuch, the youngest nominee in a quarter of a century, brought to an end a bitter confirmation battle which saw the US Senate change the rules governing the election of supreme court judges. Vice President Mike Pence oversaw the final vote on Friday, despite not needing to decide a tie-breaker.

"Our Democrat colleagues have done something today that is unprecedented in the history of the Senate", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who triggered the nuclear option.

"I commend the Republican Senate leadership for taking responsible action to confirm Justice Gorsuch and turn back the Democratic temper tantrum that made a mockery out of this solemn duty", Weiser said. So Republicans used their slight majority of 52 seats in the legislative chamber to vote to change the rules, eliminating the 60-vote cloture rule. Gorsuch's ascension fulfills a campaign promise that motivated sometimes-wary conservatives to support him: His pledge to put a conservative on the Supreme Court. The 60-vote requirement remains in place for legislation, however.

This confirmation was seen as a political win for President Trump. "I believe he will serve the American people well."??

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Three and a half years later, Democrats have threatened to filibuster the nomination of Gorsuch, President Trump's pick for the nation's highest court.

Democrats opposed Gorsuch in part because Senate Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, last year.

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to the Supreme Court after a 54-to-45 vote in the Senate.

Gorsuch will maintain a conservative majority on the high court and is expected to be sworn in before the justices gather April 17 for their last round of oral arguments this month. The vote comes after the majority Republicans changed the rules to abolish the filibuster for SCOTUS nominees, in order to overcome opposition from Democrats.

Do you think Gorsuch's confirmation was worth the long-term risk Republicans face by using the "nuclear option"?

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