The Senate has confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he hopes Gorsuch has listened to "our concerns about the Supreme Court increasingly drifting toward becoming a more pro-corporate court that favors employers, corporations and special interests over working America".
"As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction", Trump said in a statement.
"I want to congratulate Judge Gorsuch on this significant achievement". "Judge Gorsuch is a strict constitutionalist who believes that a judge's personal policy preferences should not affect the outcome of a case".
President Donald Trump nominated the Republican judge - who sat on the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals - just over two months ago. Republican Senator Johnny Isakson missed the vote while recovering from back surgery. Gorsuch, 49, will become the 113th justice to the highest court in the land and will serve a lifetime appointment, which means he'll be messing shit up for possibly the next 30-40 years. Gorsuch is expected to be sworn in on Monday in Washington.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) voted against confirming Gorsuch because she says some of his decisions favor corporations instead of the little guy.
McConnell himself told reporters Friday that "the most consequential decision I've ever been involved in was the decision to let the president being elected previous year pick the Supreme Court nominee".
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McConnell has now continued his strong-arm tactics by dismantling the filibuster as a tool the minority party can use against Supreme Court nominees to whom it has serious objections.
Fox News reports that as many as five new SCOTUS seats are likely to be filled under Trump's administration, and there is no reason to think that any of these appointees will be anything but conservative. Three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for Gorsuch. It passed with the 52 sitting Republican senators voting yes.
Vice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote Friday, even though his vote as a tie-breaker was not necessary.
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Republicans and a handful of Democrats got the federal judge from Colorado across the finish line with a 54-45 vote, one day after opposition Democrats launched a historic blockade of the nominee. "No. 2, it's genius, in that order, because he knew how much criticism he would get", said Sen.
"Merrick Garland could have been given a hearing and vote.as I've talked to my colleagues in the last week, [there's been] a pretty broadly shared sense that this is a stolen seat and that simply threatening us with changing the rules rather than engaging with us is not a good approach to this confirmation", said Democratic Sen.