Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to US Supreme Court


But Democrats were unable to pull back from the brink, partly because they remain livid over McConnell's decision previous year to block Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, who was denied even a hearing after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

Vice President Mike Pence presided over the Senate during the vote. The vote comes after the majority Republicans changed the rules to abolish the filibuster for SCOTUS nominees, in order to overcome opposition from Democrats.

Republicans were joined by Sens. Three Senate Democrats backed Gorsuch: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Judge Gorsuch is 49, meaning his life-time appointment on the court could last 30 years or more. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after speaking on the floor about changes to the Senate rules to guarantee confirmation. 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.

"As a former law clerk to two Supreme Court justices, as a distinguished lawyer in the public and private sector alike, and with 10 years of a service as a federal appeals judge, Neil Gorsuch is exceptionally well-qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice". The GOP in pushed his nomination through with a simple majority vote instead of the historic two-thirds majority vote. The court did not give a time for the White House event.

Trump says in the statement that Gorsuch will serve "with distinction" and continue to "vigorously defend our Constitution".

Gorsuch's conformation came after bitter partisan warfare in the Senate.

Liberals have slammed Gorsuch for cases in which he decided in favor of businesses and corporate interests at the expense of American workers.

After he is sworn in, Gorsuch will restore the court's conservative voting majority that existed before Scalia's death.

SCOTUS refers to the Supreme Court of the United States. The court's current term ends in June.Gorsuch is expected to hear arguments in 13 cases. "So we are charging Judge Gorsuch to be the independent and fair-minded justice that America badly needs".

"In fact, under a certain scenario, there could even be more than that", Trump said.

He was the anchor of the Court's conservatives, and became a hero for conservative thinkers and organizations.