Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 20:16
"This vote, which is yet another example of the Republican willingness to undermine critical democratic institutions in support of Donald Trump's radical agenda, will mean new threats to workers' rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and the rights of all Americans", the group's CEO, Stosh Cotler said in a Friday statement. Senate Democrats have fiercely opposed Gorsuch's nomination, citing Republican's refusal to meet with Obama's Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland and the millions of dollars in donations from unidentified sources that have gone to political organizations supporting his confirmation.
Judge Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to the Supreme Court after a 54-to-45 vote in the Senate.
Democrats in the Senate carried out a filibuster against Gorsuch's confirmation earlier this week and denied him the 60 votes needed to advance his nomination to a final vote.
All Republicans present voted for Gorsuch. Only three Democrats voted in favor of Gorsuch: Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Gorsuch will break a 4-4 split between the court's liberal- and conservative-leaning justices that has led to several high-profile deadlocks on controversial cases, including decisions that protected forced government union dues and blocked President Barack Obama's immigration plan. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) did not vote.
"Judge Gorsuch is now Justice Gorsuch, and I'm glad to see such a distinguished jurist raised to the highest court in the land", he said.
Although Gorsuch had previously been unanimously confirmed by the Senate to a position on the Tenth Circuit back in 2006, most Democrats expressed their opposition to the nomination. 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.
But McConnell and some of his allies argued that they were simply returning to a time not long ago when judicial filibusters were rarely practiced and Supreme Court filibusters essentially unheard of.
Gorsuch could be sworn in as early as Friday so he can begin preparing for the court's next session of oral arguments, starting on April 17. "No. 2, it's genius, in that order, because he knew how much criticism he would get", said Sen. In exit polls 21 percent of voters called Supreme Court appointments "the most important factor" in their vote, and among those people 56 percent voted for Trump.