After a historic rule change, the Senate voted mostly along party lines, 54-45, to narrowly confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday.
Gorsuch's confirmation Friday was preceded by a Senate floor showdown Thursday in which Democrats initially mounted a filibuster, denying Gorsuch the 60 votes needed to proceed. The change allowed the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority.
Gorsuch is "going to make an incredible addition to the court", McConnell said.
He justified the tactic because it was the final year of Obama's presidency and he said the American people should determine who would name the next Supreme Court justice. Gorsuch will take the seat of the conservative icon who died in February 2016. Democrats were also rankled by the GOP's refusal a year ago to act on Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee for the open seat created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Monday, Gorsuch is scheduled to meet with Chief Justice John Roberts at the Supreme Court for a private ceremony where the Colorado native will sworn-in as the country's 101st Associate Justice. McConnell refused to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee. Do you fear the Senate will become more partisan? This is an appointment that lasts for as long as the judge is willing to serve and able to serve.
At the time, Republicans criticized Reid's use of the "nuclear option" to block the filibuster, the most powerful tool that a party in the minority has in order to influence or prevent actions by the party in the majority. Sen. "The nuclear option was used by Senator McConnell when he stopped Merrick Garland".
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"That may be particularly true" with Gorsuch on the bench, he added. I've had many times during those periods where I've had to pinch myself to say, 'Yeah, you're really here.
In the current fight over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court much more is at stake than whether this very conservative jurist will join our nation's highest court.
Republicans said Democrats had no one to blame but themselves, launching a filibuster they knew Republicans were determined to overcome.
Gorsuch replaces another conservative, so his appointment does not dramatically alter the ideological makeup of the court. As Ms. pointed out, Gorsuch has a history of favoring religious freedom and employer preferences over reproductive and worker rights.
All told, the court has 13 remaining cases set for oral argument between April 17 and April 26, the end of the argument season for the term that began last October.
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