Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Senate approves Trump nominee to Supreme Court; Arkansas officials praise move

Senate approves Trump nominee to Supreme Court; Arkansas officials praise move

All of the remaining Democrats voted against the Gorsuch nomination; they were joined by two Independents - Angus King of ME and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Still, Democrats were aghast.

The Senate confirm Gorsuch 54-45 with three Democrats siding with Republicans - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Schumer led the fight against Gorsuch, in part because debate on the nomination of Merrick Garland was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley in early 2016.

President Donald Trump says in a statement that Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence" will make him "the flawless choice" to serve on the court.

Senate Republican leaders countered with the so-called 'nuclear option, ' a manoeuvre that changed the chamber's rules so that moving Gorsuch - and all subsequent Supreme Court nominees - to a final vote requires a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the traditional 60 votes.

Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1987, "will remain the swing voter", Lee said.

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In the end, McConnell said, 90 percent of Republicans, including many who weren't thrilled with Trump's nomination, voted for Trump and "the single biggest issue" for them was the chance for a Republican to name Scalia's successor. Gorsuch's confirmation as the 113th Supreme Court justice is expected on April 7. His administration also has faced questions about any role the President's associates may have played in alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump.

McConnell said he remains "absolutely" committed to retaining the filibuster for legislation, calling it the "essence of the Senate".

Gorsuch was the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991 picked Clarence Thomas, who was 43 at the time. The White House says he will be sworn in Monday during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court, followed by a public ceremony at the White House later in the morning.

"There's a reason Neil Gorsuch enjoys the support of a bipartisan majority of the Senate", McConnell said. He can then prepare for the court's next round of oral arguments, starting on April 17.

The Supreme Court is now in recess. The court also is likely to tackle transgender rights and union funding in coming years.

Another case that the Supreme Court has not taken up yet is Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where the state's civil rights commission ruled that a Lakewood, Colo. cake artist could not decline to serve a same-sex wedding one the grounds of his religious beliefs.

Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday and will quickly begin confronting cases of outcome, including one involving separation of church and state that the justices will take up in less than two weeks. Gorsuch has ruled in favor of expansive religious rights during his decade as a judge.

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