Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court After GOP Changed Playing Field

Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican, who is recovering from surgery, missed the vote.

Mr Gorsuch was confirmed within 65 days of his nomination, but the battle to appoint another justice to the court began with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative rock star, in February previous year.

Markey defended his "no" vote, arguing that by nominating Gorsuch, Republicans and Trump "put corporations and special interests ahead of Americans".

President Donald Trump says in a statement that Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence" will make him "the ideal choice" to serve on the court.

What stands out the most with his confirmation is how transparent the administration has been with this process since day one. Democrats scoffed at the notion, instead pegging him as a pro-business ideologue who would side with big corporations over everyday Americans. "Judge Gorsuch is extremely qualified, and I congratulate him on his confirmation to the seat that was once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a man he referred to as a 'lion on the law'".

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The Senate's 52 Republicans threatened to use the nuclear option to break the filibuster and did so on Thursday. Many Republicans bemoaned reaching that point, too, but they blamed Democrats for pushing them to it. Senate Democrats had invoked the nuclear option in 2013, to confirm several Obama nominees to the lower federal courts, but they had not changed the rules for Supreme Court nominations. Michael Bennet (D-CO), representing Gorsuch's home state, voted against his fellow Coloradan.

McConnell made have swapped a Supreme Court justice that doesn't change the balance of the court for giving Senate Democrats the power to confirm future liberal Supreme Court justices without a single Republican 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". Now the Democrats are on the receiving end, and with much higher stakes - namely the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court for many years to come.

Previously, Supreme Court nominees needed 60 votes to proceed to the Senate floor for a full vote.

His death prompted a showdown between then-president Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled chamber that confirms Supreme Court nominees. The Senate voted to change its rules to prohibit a procedural tactic called a filibuster against Supreme Court nominees, paving the way for Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority.

  • Phil Peters