Gorsuch confirmed; Senate approves Trump nominee, 54-45

Jeannette Daniel
April 20, 2017

Gorsuch, 49, has been hailed by Republicans as a worthy successor to conservative justice Antonia Scalia, who died in February 2016 as the presidential race was gaining steam. The change allowed the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority. Democrats in states President Donald J. Trump won big began to bail on their party's leadership, but it wasn't enough to get past the procedural vote known as "cloture" the opposition used to block an up-or-down vote.

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said roughly 10 senators of both parties worked over the weekend to come up with a deal to stave off the so-called "nuclear option," as the rules change is known, but couldn't come to agreement.

The Senate confirm Gorsuch 54-45 with three Democrats siding with Republicans - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

The Supreme Court has gained a new justice.

Gorsuch was confirmed Friday by the Senate.

"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. During his 20-hour confirmation hearing, the Democratic senators who questioned him criticized him for evading questions.

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But the court is likely to become even more ideologically divided.

"I am very concerned about the future, which will then, with only a 51-vote majority required, lead to polarization of the nominees as far as their philosophies are concerned, when the majority does not have to consider the concerns and the votes of the minority", McCain said.

"I hope Judge Gorsuch has listened to our debate here in the Senate, particularly about our concerns about the Supreme Court increasingly drifting towards becoming a more pro-corporate court that favors employers, corporations and special interests over working Americans", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

Gorsuch's confirmation gave a boost to Trump, showing he can get important agenda items through a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans after the House of Representatives last month failed to pass healthcare overhaul legislation. Richard Burr. "Justice Gorsuch will serve the American people well as a defender of the Constitution".

SCOTUS refers to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Gorsuch will officially be sworn in on Monday. As soon as April 13, he could take part in his first private conference, where justices decide whether to hear cases - and some of them could involve gun rights, voting rights and a Colorado baker's refusal to design a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding. In 2005, a bipartisan deal headed off GOP plans to remove the filibuster barrier for lower-court nominees, but in 2013 Democrats took the step, leaving the filibuster in place only for Supreme Court justices.

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