Senate confirms Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Neil McGill Gorsuch of Colorado won Senate confirmation Friday as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, completing a 419-day odyssey that stretched from the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the denial of President Obama's nominee to a Senate rules change known as the "nuclear option".

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

"As Catholics, we welcome the confirmation of a judge whose record adheres to the Constitutional right to free exercise of religion without government bullying and whose scholarship affirms the inherent dignity in all people", Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with The Catholic Association, said on Friday. And it will give President Trump his first major achievement amid imbroglios over health care, immigration and the White House's ties to Russian Federation.

"The Senate has just confirmed an individual to the Supreme Court whose record is hostile to our rights and liberties", said Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice.

Vice President Mike Pence presided over the Senate during the vote.

While Both Republicans and Democrats mourn a loss of collegiality, both sides - except for a few Democrats - voted along party lines to support their parties' escalation tactics.

Gorsuch clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, and also served a year as deputy associate attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice. "So we are charging Judge Gorsuch to be the independent and fair-minded justice that America badly needs".

During his Senate hearings last month, Gorsuch sought to address those attacks head-on, insisting he "doesn't give a whit" about politics, and that he treats his plaintiffs fairly. The Republican-led Congress failed to pass legislation he backed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law that was Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

On Thursday morning, Senate Republicans went "nuclear" in order to push through President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court justice.

But despite the opposition to Gorsuch, his confirmation was never seriously in doubt and he flew remarkably under the radar.

The confirmation boosted President Donald Trump's flailing presidency, which has been mired in controversy over potential connections to the Russian government.

"A lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be done in a bipartisan way, but unfortunately Mitch McConnell chose to do it in an extremely partisan manner", Sanders said Thursday. Gorsuch wrote separately holding that the mandate infringed upon the owners' religious beliefs "requiring them to lend what their religion teaches to be an impermissible degree of assistance to the commission of what their religion teaches to be a moral wrong".

He earned his BA from Columbia University in 1988, and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991. To remind us that legislators may appeal to their own moral convictions and to claims about social utility to reshape the law as they think it should be in the future, " he said. "But that judges should do none of these things in a democratic society". They fear Gorsuch will align himself with the court's other conservatives on issues ranging from employment discrimination to reproductive rights. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath to Gorsuch, and hear his first oral arguments at the court a week from Monday.

He also spent part of his youth in Washington when his mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, served in the Reagan administration as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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