Republican House Rules: How the GOP Confirmed Gorsuch
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 8:34
McConnell reportedly told the Examiner that he wasn't sure blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland, former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMcConnell: Supreme Court vacancy helped Trump win Trump heads to Florida golf club Farage on Syrian strikes: 'Where will it end?' MORE's nominee to fill the seat previous year, would pay off - but was glad he stuck by his plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, then moved to change the rules so that the 60-vote threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations is now eliminated.
Republican Senate leaders refused previous year to act on Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee, appeals court judge Merrick Garland, to replace Scalia.
By changing rules and fighting forward the GOP party made sure that today, Judge Neil M. Grosuch was confirmed by the senate to become the 113th justice of the Supreme Court. And it was cause for celebration for conservatives, who have often seemed willing to forgive various Trump failings next to the chance to win this lifetime appointment to the most important court on the land.
Gorsuch, who until his confirmation was based on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado, was confirmed despite harsh Democratic opposition.
The Supreme Court has gained a new justice. The 60-vote filibuster requirement on Supreme Court nominees was effectively gone, and with it the last vestige of bipartisanship on presidential nominees in an increasingly polarized Senate.
We must fight back, and we must tell senators that they can not stand complacentnow that Trump and McConnell have undermined Senate rules to win a lifetime appointment for their nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
Yesterday, Trump himself told to reporters on Air Force One that "there could be as many as four" Supreme Court vacancies for him to fill during his administration.
Sen. Thom Tillis stated that Gorsuch "has proven to be a fair, independent-minded judge with impeccable qualifications" and said he will be an "outstanding" justice.
Three of the current United States supreme court judges are aged between 78 and 84, fuelling speculation that Mr Trump may have to nominate at least one other supreme court judge during his tenure, a development that could shift the ideological hue of the court significantly to the right.
"He's an exceptional choice", McConnell said. In the future, I will not be alone in wondering how many right-leaning 5-4 Supreme Court decisions with Justice Gorsuch in the majority would have been decided differently had Judge Garland been granted a hearing and confirmed.
Roberts will administer the oath at the court, and Justice Anthony Kennedy will preside at the White House.
The court granted review of the Trinity Lutheran case in January 2016, when Scalia was still alive.
Gorsuch's confirmation marks the first major success for President Trump in the Republican-controlled legislature.