Gorsuch confirmed; Senate approves Trump nominee, 54-45

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The vote was 54-45 on Friday.

Mr Gorsuch may be sworn in as early as Friday so he can start getting ready for the court's next session of oral arguments this month. For many of those who voted for him, getting a conservative judge on to America's highest court was a top priority.

"In fact, under a certain scenario, there could even be more than that", Trump said. "It is my hope and expectation that Justice Gorsuch will be a strong defender of our constitution and his appointment will reposition the Court as a force for the rule of law".

His path to confirmation was relatively short by modern standards - just 65 days.

Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the US Supreme Court in the Senate on Friday, giving the high court a full complement of judges for the first time in the roughly 14 months since Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly died a year ago.

Cruz said that the Senate followed through on a promise made more than a year ago - after Justice Scalia passed away. Several scholars have proposed a constitutional right to education, which might force increased funding for poor districts, or, even more speculatively, a right to a living wage. Indeed, some believe that Gorsuch will be more conservative.

"The nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a super majority of 60 votes", according to the rules followed by the Senate.

Within days of his swearing-in, Gorsuch is likely to face an issue that is particularly hard for new justices - casting life or death votes on last-minute appeals in capital cases. Cross-border shooting: Hernandez v. Mesa A 4-4 split appeared possible when the court heard arguments in this civil rights case on February 21. But for a new justice who joins the court mid-term, that task and the fire hose of decisions faced with little time to prepare, is even greater.

However, Trinity Lutheran Church and its lawyers are arguing, the Constitution does not require religious entities to be penalized. The Supreme Court shouldn't be changed too much right now.

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. The victory prompted high-fives between Majority Leader Sen.

Some Republicans even credit the Supreme Court vacancy as one reason Trump won the November election.

Republicans sought to blame Democrats for the shift in the Senate's rules, noting that it was the Democrats who first abandoned the filibuster rule with a majority vote maneuver in 2013.

Had the Senate confirmed Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, the court would have tilted to the left for the first time in decades. The court did not give a time for the White House event. That's more than half of all the 149 filibusters used against presidential nominees in the nation's history. "It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place".

Some Republicans, like Sen.

The Coloradan got the support of a majority of senators, including Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Democrats eventually staged a filibuster of Gorsuch this week, leading Senate Republicans triggered the so-called "nuclear option".

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.

Republicans and democrats agreed that the confirmation process wasn't pretty. So far, the filibuster is still available for legislation. On Thursday, Republican Sen. "If we do that, then the Senate will become like the House".

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