Neil Gorsuch confirmed as Supreme Court justice
Neil Gorsuch on Friday was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court in a 54-45 vote.
With the vote, Gorsuch now fills the vacant Scalia seat that had been open for a year and restores what many see as a 5-4 tilt to the right on the bench.
“He’s going to make the American people proud,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said.
Democrats expressed outrage after they filibustered but were defeated after the Senate triggered the so-called nuclear option — meaning Gorsuch just needed a simple majority and did not have to meet the 60-vote threshold.
“Damage was done to our democracy,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Friday. “Raw political power has been exercised to break the rules and norms of this body.”
McConnell said he made the move “for the sake of our country.”
Former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) first used the nuclear option in 2013 by lowering the threshold for Obama’s lower court judicial appointments.
“Rarely has this body seen a nominee to the Supreme Court so well-qualified, so skilled, [with] such command of constitutional jurisprudence, with such an established record of independence and such judicial temperament,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) added.