Durbin, Duckworth back filibuster on Gorsuch

Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the US Supreme Court in the Senate on Friday, giving the high court a full complement of judges for the first time in the roughly 14 months since Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly died a year ago.

When Senate Democrats threatened to filibuster the nomination of President Donald Trump's nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch.

Hatch presided over the proceedings to change the Senate rules to require a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.

Democrats said the power grab was made by the Republicans when they denied a hearing to Obama's nominee a year ago.

McConnell is an institutionalist who has made clear he does not favor invoking the nuclear option and is doing so grudgingly; he has repeatedly said Gorsuch will be confirmed. "This will be the first and last partisan filibuster of the Supreme Court", Mr McConnell said on the Senate floor yesterday ahead of the vote".

The Senate on Thursday voted 55-45 to successfully filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.

The Senate's Supreme Court doomsday clock has reached midnight. The New York Times provided a full list of how each of the 100 senators voted here.

McConnell called the Democratic effort against Gorsuch "another extreme escalation in the left's never-ending drive to politicize the court and the confirmation process".

Gorsuch's nomination will now proceed to a final vote by the Senate on Friday, where the Republican majority is expected to confirm him - a significant win for the Trump administration that will resonate for decades not only on the Supreme Court, but in the Senate as well.

What does this mean for future Supreme Court nominations?

It also could make it easier for presidents to appoint more overtly partisan justices to the Supreme Court. They have chosen this one.

If confirmed, Gorsuch is expected to restore to the nine-justice court the ideological balance that was seen during the tenure of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat Gorsuch would fill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adamantly denied a hearing for moderate chief judge Merrick Garland, an Obama nominee, and his refusal has continued to resonate with Democrats. For the reasons I have said, I had concerns about his approach to the law. Republican John McCain said: "Bad day for democracy". 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. "But no, I don't think the nuclear option has any impact on that".

"This is a big change for nominees to the supreme court", Lerner said.

Senate Democrats are still bristling over Republicans' refusal to consider Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Scalia. Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Manchin voting "yes" with Senate Republicans.

  • Leroy Wright