Sens. Hatch, Lee respond to Gorsuch confirmation following 'nuclear option'

Sens. Hatch, Lee respond to Gorsuch confirmation following 'nuclear option'

Sens. Hatch, Lee respond to Gorsuch confirmation following 'nuclear option'

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court after a week-long process that led to Republicans deploying the so-called "nuclear option," a move many declared as historic and game-changing.

Illustrating the importance of the moment, Vice President Mike Pence served as the Senate's presiding officer during the vote to confirm Gorsuch, who also worked in Republican former President George W Bush's Justice Department and is the son of the first woman to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

While that remains uncertain, it's safer to say Gorsuch should know his way around the venerable building.

Three Democratic senators - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - joined their Republican colleagues to vote "yes" on Gorsuch's nomination. Republican Senator Johnny Isakson missed the vote while recovering from back surgery. It came as a victory for Trump, who pledged to appoint another committed person to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia during his campaign appeal previous year. They believe Republicans "stole" the vacant Supreme Court seat from former President Barack Obama, who previous year nominated Merrick Garland to replace the seat left vacant by the late Antonin Scalia.

Congratulations to Neil Gorsuch, the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Gorsuch will be sworn in on Monday morning by Chief Justice John G. Roberts a private ceremony, the Washington Post reports. The Senate, of course, does a lot more than confirm Supreme Court justices. "The Senate did its job and I look forward now to seeing Judge Gorsuch on the court".

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First Democrats mounted a filibuster in an effort to block Gorsuch by denying him the 60 votes needed to advance to a final vote.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of the rules change that won approval: "It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place". 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.

Democrats who opposed Gorsuch said they believe he will favor corporations over workers and will be on the far right of the court. "Republican Senators forever lowered the bar for Supreme Court nominees just to get him on the Court, and will bear responsibility for his judgments", Murphy said. And on that he prevailed on a 52-48 party line vote.

Professor Thomas Lee of Fordham University School of Law predicted that Gorsuch's presence on the closely divided court will not automatically translate into more 5-4 wins for conservatives, at least not in particularly socially controversial cases.

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