Gorsuch confirmed; Senate approves Trump nominee, 54-45

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 18, 2017

Capping a year of debate and drama, the GOP-controlled Senate on Friday reached a majority and confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The vote was 54-45, as three Democrats voted for Gorsuch, Sen. But then in 2013, with Democrats in charge and Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's nominees, the Democrats did take the step, removing the filibuster for all presidential appointments except the Supreme Court.

Both of Indiana's Senators, Sen. Joe Donnelly. All three are moderate Democrats from conservative states. Republicans control the Senate, 52-48, and the rule change was approved by that margin. Gorsuch's confirmation comes after Senate Republicans used the controversial nuclear option on April 6, allowing them to shockingly change Senate rules that paved through Democrats' filibuster. He also tried to adjourn until the evening, but was also unsuccessful. Some of those cases may come up April 13, which could be Gorsuch's first private conference - where justices decide whether to hear a case. "Judge Gorsuch's qualifications are indisputable", Capito said in a statement released by her office. "He is, in short, a distinguished jurist with an impeccable legal and academic record".

It was a gamble as McConnell said after the election that he didn't think Trump had a chance of winning nor of Republicans holding their Senate majority. "We don't have another seat right now but [what] I'd like to see after the recess is to get back to some semblance of normalcy".

"It is an unprecedented and disappointing day in our chamber".

"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. "After meeting face to face, thoroughly examining his record, and watching his impressive hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, I had no doubt that he would be confirmed, even despite Senate Democrats' historic attempt to filibuster his nomination". Gorsuch will take the seat of the conservative icon who died in February 2016. He has shown no signs that he will stand up to the Trump Administration, or their extreme agenda that puts the wealthy and big corporations before hardworking Americans. Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch is not that person. Only 51 votes were needed for confirmation. "Changing the rules will fundamentally change the way the United States Senate operates, politicize our courts and could further polarize our country".

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When Gorsuch is sworn in, the court will again have a full nine-member bench.

"But this vote isn't actually about President Trump".

Coons expressed optimism, however, that senators would work together to keep the filibuster rule intact for legislation.

While Gorsuch is a fourth-generation Coloradan, his confirmation means a return to Washington and the Supreme Court. Battle Born Progress leads a statewide coalition called Nevadans for Judicial Progress. Ed Markey, D-Mass. "We now have a radical right-wing justice on the Supreme Court".

Senator Dean Heller is directly responsible for the nomination of Judge Gorsuch.

Trump's nomination in January of Gorsuch, who is known to favor protections of religious belief in the public square and for business owners, elicited mixed reactions from Jewish groups.

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