Senate Confirms Gorsuch as McConnell Takes Victory Lap

Senator Stages Overnight Protest Against Gorsuch

Senator Stages Overnight Protest Against Gorsuch

Since Trump nominated Gorsuch in January, Republicans have praised the 10th circuit court of appeals judge as a mainstream jurist qualified to sit on the high court.

In a historic moment, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as the 113th justice, marking the end to a bitter, partisan battle in the Senate.

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Friday to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court.

McConnell's move paid back Senate Democrats, who invoked the option themselves back in 2013 as a way of ramming through dozens of former USA president Barack Obama's most controversial appointees to various executive and judicial branch posts. And it will give President Trump his first major achievement amid imbroglios over health care, immigration and the White House's ties to Russian Federation. Clinton would likely appoint a more liberal judge than Garland, they reasoned.

"As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction as he continues to faithfully and vigorously defend our Constitution", Trump said.

Gorsuch received his law degree from Harvard Law School.

The firm opposition to Gorsuch among Senate Democrats is generally believed among unbiased political observers to be based not on his lack of qualifications, but on ideological opposition of the type exhibited by Schumer.

As the newest justice, Gorsuch will also take over two duties performed by Kagan since 2010. Some of those cases may come up April 13, which could beGorsuch's first private conference - where justices decide whether to hear a case.

President Donald Trump nominated the Republican judge - who sat on the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals - just over two months ago.

Trump's choice of Gorsuch from a list of 21 potential nominees created in conjunction with the Federalist Society and equally conservative Heritage Foundation soothed Republicans but enraged Democrats, who complained about "dark money" spent on his behalf by other right-wing groups during the confirmation process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the rules, so the 60-vote threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations was eliminated.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) released a statement Friday following the Senate's confirmation of Gorsuch. McConnell vowed that would not happen on his watch. The new rule allowed the Senate to take a simple majority procedural vote to limit debate to 30 hours on President Donald Trump's candidate for the Supreme Court.

Between 1789 and 1882, eight men were confirmed to a high court seat they did not fill, according to "The Supreme Court Compendium".

"The practical result of where we are now is we're back to where we were as late as 2000", said McConnell, pointing out that even Clarence Thomas got onto the court without a filibuster, despite highly contentious confirmation hearings regarding sexual harassment claims from Anita Hill. Three Democrats - Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - joined Republicans in supporting his nomination. On Thursday, Senate Republicans successfully invoked the so-called "nuclear option", effectively terminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

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