The Senate has voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the newest member of the Supreme Court. This is the cornerstone of President Trump’s legacy, turning the country from liberal, bench-legislating justices.
The final vote was 54-45. In the end, three Democrats voted to confirm: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly. Every GOP senator voted along party lines. The pointless filibuster was–well, pointless.
As Pres of the Senate, VP Pence announces confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS by vote of 54-45. pic.twitter.com/rhrnzUU64Z
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 7, 2017
Gorsuch will be officially sworn in Monday.
Justice Gorsuch to be sworn in on Monday. pic.twitter.com/EBSX4djt9f
— Jess Bravin (@JessBravin) April 7, 2017
While conservatives rejoice…
Leonard Leo, adviser to President Trump on the Supreme Court, on leave from the Federalist Society:
“Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated his commitment to judicial independence and to deciding cases according to the law instead of political preferences. I applaud President Trump for choosing such an outstanding nominee, and Leader McConnell and his colleagues for defeating an unprecedented partisan filibuster. A year ago we lost Justice Scalia, a giant, and today we are one step closer to seeing the preservation of his legacy on the Court.”
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy adviser, Judicial Crisis Network:
“Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch on his confirmation, and to President Trump and Leader McConnell on this extraordinary achievement. Because of their leadership, and because of Judge Gorsuch’s commitment to judicial independence and the rule of law, Justice Scalia’s legacy will continue on the Supreme Court.”
Jenny Beth Martin, president and co-founder, Tea Party Patriots:
“This is an outstanding achievement for President Trump and Senate Republicans who overcame the Democrats’ gridlock strategy and confirmed Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. With this confirmation vote the torch has been passed from the late Justice Antonin Scalia to an exceptionally well-qualified jurist in Judge Gorsuch. We welcome his addition to the court and look forward with confidence to his upholding and honoring the legacy of Justice Scalia.”
OFA: “Let's be perfectly clear about what just happened: Justice Gorsuch was handed a lifetime appointment to a stolen Supreme Court seat” pic.twitter.com/zwn8cIIxEA
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 7, 2017
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 6, 2017