Markey: Democrats will Restore 60-Vote Threshold for Supreme Court

MSNBC host Katy Tur asked Markey earlier in the interview whether he and Democrats had regrets about opposing President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who was sworn in on Monday. McConnell a year ago refused to consider the nomination of President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, and then worked to discard with the custom of 60 votes needed to break a Democratic filibuster.

Neil Gorsuch on Monday became the 101st associate justice of the Supreme Court and President Trump's first high court appointee. With Gorsuch, the court now returns to a body of nine, with the majority of justices appointed by Republican presidents. The event was a culmination of many hours of testimony, a damaging filibuster by Senate Democrats, which forced Senate Republicans to use the so-called "nuclear option" to proceed with Gorsuch's confirmation. "I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation", he said.

"This ceremony has special meaning as Justice Gorsuch is filling the seat of one of the greatest Supreme Court judges in American history, and that's Antonin Scalia, who is a terrific — was a terrific judge and a terrific person", Trump said.

As for cert petitions, court-watchers wonder whether Justice Gorsuch will make the difference in a Colorado case involving a baker who refused to decorate a cake for a same-sex wedding, citing religious beliefs.

During last year's presidential campaign, Trump pledged to pick a justice who would overturn the landmark 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalised abortion.

Gorsuch's confirmation process was a bitter battle in the Senate, as the opposition Democrats blamed the Republican majority for refusing to consider President Barack Obama's nomination to the court, Merrick Garland, past year and accused Gorsuch of being "too extreme".

The first ceremony took place privately in the Justices' Conference Room, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the oath required by the Constitution. "You never see her, she says nothing, and her approval ratings are over 50 percent", Lott told the Boston Globe.

Gorsuch will be seated just in time to weigh in on a dispute over a Missouri law that bars church schools from getting public funds for general aid programs.

Gorsuch can be expected to have an immediate impact on the court. "But if Justice Gorsuch were indeed the fourth vote in favor of a grant, then the case could be granted". He vowed to choose from the combined list, recommended separately by The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, in naming Supreme Court justices.

  • Larry Hoffman