Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court

The final confirmation vote came after Senate Republicans rewrote the rules, voting to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold on Supreme Court nominees.

Although Gorsuch had previously been unanimously confirmed by the Senate to a position on the Tenth Circuit back in 2006, most Democrats expressed their opposition to the nomination.

"Typically, a majority of Americans has approved of the Supreme Court", she said. However, after 2018, the Senate map becomes hostile to Republicans in upcoming elections, which means that Republicans could very well lose the Senate, and their power to obstruct future Democratic nominees.

In the future, I will not be alone in wondering how many right-leaning 5-4 Supreme Court decisions with Justice Gorsuch in the majority would have been decided differently had Judge Garland been granted a hearing and confirmed. Michael Bennet (D-CO), representing Gorsuch's home state, voted against his fellow Coloradan.

Having a ninth justice, an odd number that will prevent tie votes, is something that had been missing for almost 14 months since Justice Antonin Scalie died in February 2016, Loewy said. Republicans responded with the elimination of the Supreme Court confirmation filibusters. Republicans vowed to not confirmed whomever Obama nominated and made good on that promise by not giving Garland even a single Senate hearing previous year.

He will be sworn in on Monday.

Gorsuch, 49, has been hailed by Republicans as a worthy successor to conservative justice Antonia Scalia, who died in February 2016 as the presidential race was gaining steam.

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If Trump successfully nominates conservative justices to fill their roles, the court's ideological makeup will be altered, possibly for decades.

Justices take two oaths, one required by the Constitution and the other set by federal law.

The confirmation wins them control of a court which is the final arbiter on the most controversial United States legal issues.

They approved a rule change dubbed the "nuclear option" to allow Gorsuch's confirmation by Friday.

Friday's 54-45 vote to confirm Gorsuch, who will be the 113 justice to serve on the high court, was anti-climatic. And on that he prevailed on a 52-48 party-line vote.

Senate Democrats blocked the nomination in the first successful filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in almost 50 years. And yet in many ways the showdown had been pre-ordained, the final chapter in years of partisan warfare over judicial nominees.

  • Sidney Guerrero