US Senate Confirms Judge Neil Gorusch to Supreme Court

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

As Democrats filibustered Gorsuch's nomination, McConnell followed through on threats to invoke what was called the "nuclear option" - voting the change Senate rules to allow Trump's pick to proceed by simple majority.

Gorsuch's confirmation means that the court will return to the ideological equilibrium it held before Scalia's death, with four conservatives, four liberals, and Justice Anthony Kennedy as a swing vote.

Judge Gorsuch, 49, who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado, was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush.

The party that confirmed Grouch is the same that wouldn't even consider Judge Merrick B. Garland on the basis of President Barack Obama leaving office.

"Judge Gorsuch's judicial temperament and his ironclad commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law make him an excellent addition to our nation's highest court", the statement said.

Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday morning by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 101st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

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With the new rule requiring only a majority to support limiting debate, the Senate voted 55 to 45 in favor of the cloture motion. It's a simple up-or-down simple majority vote. The 60-vote requirement remains in place for legislation, however.

If Trump successfully nominates conservative justices to fill their roles, the court's ideological makeup will be altered, possibly for decades.

"He's an exceptional choice, and I'm very much looking forward to confirming him today", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said ahead of the vote.

One might even say yuuuge triumph. McConnell is gambling that there will be future vacancies open on the Supreme Court during Trump's term and that Republicans will maintain control of the Senate. And yet in many ways the showdown had been pre-ordained, the final chapter in years of partisan warfare over judicial nominees.

The move ended the minority party's ability to filibuster appointments to the Supreme Court, which had never been exercised before Gorsuch's nomination.

"At a time when folks are struggling to stay in the middle class, and are struggling as hard as ever to get into the middle class, we need a justice on the court who will help swing it back in the direction of the people", Schumer said.

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