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Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

13 April 2017

Gorsuch was confirmed Friday by a vote of 54-45 after the Republican majority mirrored a Democratic strategy employed in 2013 to lower the number of required votes to confirm judicial nominees.

Three Democrats voted to confirm Gorsuch Thursday, including Sen.

"His judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence makes him the flawless choice to serve on the nation's highest court", Trump said in a statement.

"Our democracy simply can not afford a Supreme Court Justice who may bring his own political views into the courtroom".

Senator Mike Enzi writes, "I congratulate Judge Neil Gorsuch on his confirmation to the highest court in the land".

Three of the current United States supreme court judges are aged between 78 and 84, fuelling speculation that Mr Trump may have to nominate at least one other supreme court judge during his tenure, a development that could shift the ideological hue of the court significantly to the right. 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. Experts say this could lead to a more partisan court in the future.

The move comes in the wake of a contentious battle this week in the Senate over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch when the Republicans who control the chamber used the "nuclear option" to neutralize the filibuster for nominees to the Supreme Court.

"Judge Gorsuch will be sworn in at the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday at 11:00 A.M. He will be a great Justice".

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Gorsuch's name was on a list of potential choices Trump produced during the campaign, and was vetted by conservative groups including the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.

During his confirmation process, Gorsuch affably presented himself as less of a conservative and more as an independent jurist. The yearlong vacancy made the direction of Supreme Court one of the major issues of the 2016 election.

"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.

They approved a rule change dubbed the "nuclear option" to allow Gorsuch's confirmation by Friday.

First Democrats mounted a filibuster, denying Gorsuch the 60 votes needed to advance to a final vote.

The vote broke down largely on party lines.

But McConnell and some of his allies argued that they were simply returning to a time not long ago when judicial filibusters were rarely practiced and Supreme Court filibusters essentially unheard of.

Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court