Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Barsaba Taglieri
Aprile 18, 2017

Gorsuch is a conservative judge who will tip the Supreme Court to the conservative side, five justices to four.

Gorsuch's nomination was announced by Trump in late January and earned immediate, widespread praise from Republican lawmakers excited by the prospect of maintaining the court's previous ideological balance and relieved by how well the White House orchestrated the nomination.

"One of my real hopes is that the steps taken by President [Donald] Trump will bring us together... one of the unintended consequences of a Trump presidency may be to make the Senate great again", Coons added. The change allowed the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority.

Judge Gorsuch is one of, if not the, most qualified Supreme Court nominees in our nation's history. Gorsuch's confirmation marks the first major success for President Trump in the Republican-controlled legislature. "It is a proud day for Colorado and the United States has much to look forward to with Neil Gorsuch serving on the Supreme Court".

McConnell correctly bet that a Republican might win the presidency and nominate a replacement for Scalia but the move further eroded trust in the Senate and set the stage for the rules change. GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who has been recovering from back surgery, did not vote. Republicans control the Senate, 52-48, and the rule change was approved by that margin.

"But this vote isn't actually about President Trump".

Democrats accused Gorsuch of being so conservative as to be outside the judicial mainstream, favoring corporate interests over ordinary Americans in legal opinions, and displaying insufficient independence from Trump.

A conservative-majority court is more likely to support gun rights, an expansive view of religious liberty, abortion regulations and Republican-backed voting restrictions, while opposing curbs on political spending.

The 49-year-old Coloradan also will be the first member of Generation X, the cohort of Americans following the post-World War II baby boom, to reach the court.

LGBTQ advocates also took issue with Gorsuch's written opposition to the concept of same-sex marriage, several rulings he made against transgender people who came before his court, and the reasoning behind his support of the Hobby Lobby decision, wherein a business can deny health coverage or other benefits to employees (including, potentially, LGBTQ people) over fears that providing such benefits make the business "complicit" in behavior to which they hold moral or religious objections. He will be officially sworn in on Monday morning. The next oral argument cycle begins April 17, and Gorsuch will have to prepare for that. The court is scheduled to meet Thursday for a private session to decide whether to accept or reject a long list of cases that would be heard next term.

Gorsuch's name was on a list of potential choices Trump produced during the campaign, and was vetted by conservative groups including the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. 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.

He was the anchor of the Court's conservatives, and became a hero for conservative thinkers and organizations.

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