Senate confirms Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday after a rule change in the legislative body on Thursday made it impossible for Democrats to filibuster the nomination.

The Supreme Court seat was controversial before Trump was even elected, as Democrats have long believed that the seat was "stolen" by Republicans due to the fact that Scalia died during the previous year of Barack Obama's presidency, which would give him the power to nominate a justice. On Thursday, Senate Republicans successfully invoked the so-called "nuclear option," effectively terminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

The signatures of 28 Republicans, 32 Democrats and one independent is evidence that a broad mix of senators will back the filibuster for legislation.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly representing IN all face tough re-election battles IN 2018 IN states that voted heavily for President Donald Trump past year.

Republicans accused their Democratic colleagues of engaging in an "unprecedented partisan filibuster" of a Supreme Court nominee. Gorsuch spent Friday in Colorado with his family.

"We will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court", Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY declared on the Senate floor Thursday.

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Democrats sought to block Gorsuch's appointment by mustering 41 votes against the motion to end debate, known as closure.

The White House has said it expects Gorsuch could be sworn in as soon as Monday. The GOP in pushed his nomination through with a simple majority vote instead of the historic two-thirds majority vote.

"As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction", Trump said in a statement.

Liberals have slammed Gorsuch for cases in which he decided in favor of businesses and corporate interests at the expense of American workers. "There is simply no principled reason to oppose this exceptional, exceptional Supreme Court nominee".

The move is likely to fuel ideologically driven nominations from presidents in the future, dealing a powerful blow to the bipartisanship normally seen on Supreme Court nominees. And in that regard, Judge Gorsuch is as good as it gets. There are appeals pending on expanding gun rights to include carrying concealed firearms in public, state voting restrictions that critics say are aimed at reducing minority turnout, and allowing business owners to object on religious grounds to provide certain services to gay couples.

He was the anchor of the Court's conservatives, and became a hero for conservative thinkers and organizations.

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