Neil Gorsuch Officially Confirmed To The Supreme Court

Friday, April 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Apr 7, 2017

Update: After weeks of endless rhetoric and party bickering over the controversial usage of the ‘nuclear option’, Neil Gorsuch has officially been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States with a largely partisan vote.

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Following a series of procedural votes yesterday to invoke the so-called ‘nuclear option’, the Senate is expected to vote shortly to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the 113th justice to serve on the Supreme Court.

Given the rule changes implemented yesterday, Republicans require only a simple majority vote to confirm Gorsuch, and with Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the Senate, today’s vote is all but a foregone conclusion. And while it will mostly be a partisan vote, 3 Democrats are also expected to support Gorsuch for a final vote tally of 55-45.

Here is our summary from yesterday on the Senate’s move to invoke the ‘nuclear option’:

In a historic vote, Senate Republicans on Thursday crushed “a Democratic blockade” – in Reuters’ words – of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, in a fierce partisan brawl, approving a rule change dubbed the “nuclear option” to allow for conservative judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation by Friday.

The Senate voted 52-48 along party lines to repeal a rule allowing filibusters against Supreme Court nominees,invoking the so-called nuclear option, and clearing the way for Gorsuch confirmation who now needs a simple majority for nomination. Shortly thereafter, the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Gorsuch’s nomination, setting up a final vote expected Friday. Thanks to the new rule enacted earlier Thursday, a simple majority was needed.

“This will be the first and last partisan filibuster of the Supreme Court,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor, accusing Democrats of trying to inflict political damage on Trump and to keep more conservatives from joining the high court.

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