Va., speaks to reporters on the way to the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump's high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 7, 2017.
Friday's 54-45 vote to confirm Gorsuch, who will be the 113 justice to serve on the high court, was anti-climatic.
Democrats and some Republicans predicted dire fallout from McConnell's divisive Senate rules change that removed the 60-vote filibuster barrier for Supreme Court picks, warning of a more polarized Senate and court over time. "Nobody, ' Roberts said, 'ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.' But a great umpire is exactly the person we want to see when we go to court".
Judge Neil Gorsuch addresses the media after President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court on January 31. GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia did not vote. It came as a victory for Trump, who pledged to appoint another committed person to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia during his campaign appeal a year ago. He served as a law clerk in 1993 and 1994 to Justice Byron R. White and Justice Anthony Kennedy.
McConnell vowed to preserve the 60-vote filibuster threshold on regular legislation, as opposed to nominations, which will continue to act as a tool forcing bipartisan outcomes and ensuring participation from the minority party. The Senate, of course, does a lot more than confirm Supreme Court justices.
Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday, allowing him to join the court for the final months of its term, which ends in June.
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Only three Democrats voted in-favor of Gorsuch's nomination.
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. Republicans said Gorsuch had simply applied the law to the facts, without regard to his personal views, while Democrats claimed Gorsuch had interpreted the law to favor corporations over workers. I've had many times during those periods where I've had to pinch myself to say, 'Yeah, you're really here. It passed with the 52 sitting Republican senators voting yes.
Senate Republicans resorted to extraordinary steps to overcome Democratic opposition to Gorsuch, including changing long-standing Senate rules to prohibit the use of a procedural blockade called a filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
'Gorsuch's legal philosophy is far to the right of most Americans who believe in a woman's right to vote or to reproductive freedom, a separation of church and state, equal protection, marriage equality for same-sex couples or civil rights protections for vulnerable communities, ' Zbur said in a statement.
And not only was the tone of the house changed, but the tone and reputation of the Supreme Court was as well. He could be the deciding vote on cases now on the court's docket ranging from voting rights to separation of church and state.