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Senate confirms Trump pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

April 7, 2017

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WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court.

Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old veteran of the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Denver whose rulings make him an intellectual heir to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will fill.

Gorsuch won support from 51 of the chambers' Republicans as well as three moderate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won last fall: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia did not vote.

The outcome was a major win for Trump, his biggest congressional victory to date, as well as for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who kept Scalia's seat open after the justice's death in February 2016. McConnell refused to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee.

After he is sworn in, Gorsuch will restore the court's conservative voting majority that existed before Scalia's death.

Republicans exulted in the victory.

"He's an exceptional choice," McConnell said.

Democrats denounced the GOP's use of what both sides dubbed the "nuclear option" to put Gorsuch on the court, calling it an epic power grab that would further corrode politics in Congress, the courts and the United States. Many Republicans bemoaned reaching that point, too, but they blamed Democrats for pushing them to it.

"I believe it will make this body a more partisan place," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. "It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place."

Gorsuch is expected to be sworn in within days, in time to hear the final cases of the term. He was nominated by Trump shortly after the January inauguration.

The Senate change, affecting how many votes a nominee needs to advance to a final confirmation vote, will apply to all future Supreme Court candidates as well. Trump himself predicted to reporters aboard Air Force One that "there could be as many as four" Supreme Court vacancies for him to fill during his administration.

"In fact, under a certain scenario, there could even be more than that," Trump said. There is no way to know how many there will be, if any, but several justices are quite elderly.

Even as they united in indignation, lawmakers of both parties, pulled by fierce political forces from left and right, were unwilling to stop the confirmation rules change. The maneuvering played out in a tense Senate chamber Thursday with most members in their seats, a rare and theatrical occurrence.

First Democrats mounted a filibuster, denying Gorsuch the 60 votes needed to advance to a final vote. Then McConnell raised a point of order, suggesting that Supreme Court nominees should not be subjected to a 60-vote threshold but instead a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.

McConnell was overruled, but he appealed the ruling. And on that he prevailed on a 52-48 party-line vote. The 60-vote filibuster requirement on Supreme Court nominees was effectively gone, and with it the last vestige of bipartisanship on presidential nominees in an increasingly polarized Senate.

The developments were accompanied by unusually bitter accusations and counter-accusations. And yet in many ways the showdown had been pre-ordained, the final chapter in years of partisan warfare over judicial nominees.

Even as senior Republicans lamented the voting change, McConnell and some allies argued that all they were doing was returning to a time, not long ago, when filibusters of judicial nominees were unusual, and it was virtually unheard-of to try to block a Supreme Court nominee in that fashion.

Comments

Justin Hoffman 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Yes!!!! The first step in getting this country back to the way our founding fathers intended. A great day for America!

Steve Jacob 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Founding fathers wanted one party to stall a vote for almost a year so the guy who did not get the most votes picks a Judge?

Bob Smith 2 weeks, 2 days ago

If you are still unsure how the Presidential elections work in America, get a copy of the Constitution and study it. See also: Biden Rule.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 weeks ago

Bob.....we know how the 18th century electoral college to prevent slavery from influencing our elections was intended to work......150 years ago.. Slavery is now only present in the minds of the bigots and racists in our preset day society.

Now we have the Russians doing their best to assist getting fascist, perverted, Soviet preferred bigots elected.

Trump is wrong....we already have a great country.....where the majority DOESN'T rule.

Mike Riner 2 weeks, 2 days ago

So it's okay when the left doesw this type of thing, but not the right?

Brock Masters 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Exactly, the Dems created the nuclear option to get liberal judges appointed and now cry foul when the GOP uses it for the SCOTUS pick. Hypocrites.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 2 weeks ago

They(Democrats) never used it for a SCOTUS appointment. Republicans will own that precedent.

Marc Wilborn 2 weeks ago

No, they used the nuclear option to appoint every judge below SCOTUS though. Please keep up.

Brock Masters 2 weeks, 2 days ago

This is why I voted for Trump I wanted a conservative justice to be appointed to the SCOTUS.

Trump with all his flaws has done more for conservatives than any recent past president.

Bob Summers 2 weeks, 2 days ago

When is #neverbeenajudgeortriedacase Kagen or #wiselatina Sotomayor retiring?

Michael Kort 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Things do not always work out as you would expect ! ?

1) Bannon is gone from the National Security Counsel and he's has gone back to dumbart .

2) Donald has just stiffed " Vald His Elector " by taking out 20 of Asads fighter jet planes in Syria, a county that Donald warned Obama ( back when Obama was President but Trump always talks as if Obama is STILL PRESIDENT......and maybe he is ? . ) to " Say Out Of Trying To Fix Syria " .....after recently announcing to the world, that his administration was not into removing Asad or interfearing in Syria ( do you think that " Asad the GAS MAN " interpreted Trumps recent remarks about his Hands Off Syria Policy, as a " go signal " to do as he pleased, to his own in Syrians with poison gas bombs, as he had done before when Obama and the UN stopped that once before ? ) .

3) So, the Alt Right ( or wrong ) are all upset because Trump didn't consult Congress before doing the cruse missel thing on Syrian Jets in their hardened shelters ! ( maybe they could have had a debate...... that could have lasted for weeks !....... while Syrians were being Gassed To Death...... daily ! ? ).......but we know.......it is the principal of the whole thing to the Alt. Right ! ?

See, things don't even happen right for Vladimir Putin or the Alt. RIght, with Their Friend The Donald.....or as Whimp would have said, in a Poppey Cartoon, " a friend in need is a friend indeed ! "

Bob Smith 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Those little ... voices ... in your head ... are getting .... louder, aren't ... they?

Michael Kort 2 weeks ago

Yes, i keep hearing a voice that sounds like The Donald..... and it is talking to the Alt. Righters about his administration not getting drawn into the Syrian War nor of changing Syrian Leadership !.......don't they just eat it all up ? !.....BUNGLED !

It is a thoughtless voice that doesn't understand that The World Listens to the words of the President of the USA and that they respond to his words by making policy decisions..............like ASAD did in Syria.... that encouraged ASAD to feel safe in resorting to poison gas bombs on his own...........but it could all be false news invented by DUMBBART ?........as a retaliation for sending Steve Bannon on his way back home ?

Never confuse the words of an AD Man like Trump ( the brand builder ), who could sell you a car with no wheels, with words spoken after being thought out by a World Leader .

He needs to learn to weigh his words in the worst way ....but that is obviously not what his domestic audiences of " Ad Man Trump.... The Winner Of Something ", want to hear, who confuse the words used in his political sales pitches, with reality and truthfulness .

Thomas Bryce Jr. 2 weeks ago

Speaking of "little Voices", has anyone seen Kellyanne Conway lately?

Steve Jacob 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I will say Gorsuch is very qualified and the probably the best option for Dems.

Bob Summers 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Gorsuch is another Roberts. He can be intimidated.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 weeks ago

Now that non-president Trump has the ability to stuff the Supreme Court with his fascist judges, we will see, in the coming years, the erosion of our rights that years of sane and competent Supreme Court judges have granted us. The decay of our country has begun.

Brock Masters 2 weeks ago

Fred, name one thing about Gorsuch to suggest he is a fascist.

Come On Fred, time to man up.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 weeks ago

One thing?? A Trump pick. End of discussion.

In case you are new here, I do not recognize Trump as winner of the election (As do many others). He is a fraud.

Does not make any difference, I know. But that is my position and I am sticking to it.

Brock Masters 2 weeks ago

I was hoping for better, but I guess you have nothing to offer. Nothing to substantiate your claim that Gorsuch is a fascist.

Bob Smith 2 weeks ago

Fred, the voices in your head are getting louder, aren't they?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 weeks ago

The Constitution as originally crafted recognized slavery. There are still some people today that still think it should be allowed. But that was changed. End of discussion.

Pete Kennamore 1 week, 6 days ago

there is a process for changing the Constitution Fred. Since you obviously feel the electoral college should be 'retired', quit your whining and get busy. Good luck with that.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 weeks ago

Donald Trump.....he said that all Muslims should be prevented from entering the United States. He tried twice to make this law by issuing sloppy rules that were shot down by the courts.....Twice. He attacked the courts.

He said we should have nothing to do with the dictator in Syria. And then he authorized military action in Syria, where there are Russian military personnel posted. Great way to start World War III. More "shoot from the hip" policy.

His daughter, son-in-law and a manager of a bigoted newsrag are on his staff.

And he can nominate judges to the highest court in the land.

There is more, much more, but I will not go on. You can think for yourself.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 2 weeks ago

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2015/dec/08/donald-trump-calls-for-complete-ban-on-muslims-entering-the-us-video He campaigned on the promise to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. The Proof is in this campaign Speech. This speech is what gave the judges reason to believe his intent was to ban Muslims specifically and that is why his executive orders were deemed unconstitutional. He really just needs to stop tweeting and speaking off the cuff. His handlers spend days, months and weeks cleaning up after him every time he does so. Any one seen Kellyanne Conway recently?

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