Trump praises Gorsuch after confirmation

Jerome Frank
April 11, 2017

Despite an unprecedented move by Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to mount a partisan filibuster against a nominee to the high court, Gorsuch was approved by a bipartisan 54-45 majority vote in the Senate.

Now President Trump has a free hand to appoint far more conservative judges to the Supreme Court - and there may be new opportunities sooner rather than later. McConnell is gambling that there will be future vacancies open on the Supreme Court during Trump's term and that Republicans will maintain control of the Senate.

Gorsuch, in a speech a year ago at Case Western Reserve University School of law, aligned himself with Scalia's judicial philosophy.

The confirmation wins them control of a court which is the final arbiter on the most controversial U.S. legal issues. Had the Gorsuch confirmation been filibustered, it would have been the first of a court appointment in USA history.

Find Dr. Jerry A. Johnson's full statement here. President Trump is now poised to appoint the most federal court judges since the 1950s. Indeed, some believe that Gorsuch will be more conservative.

Vice President Mike Pence presided as all 52 Republicans and three moderate Democrats from states that Trump won - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN - cast their votes for the Supreme Court nominee.

"He's going to make the American people proud", the Kentucky Republican said. "I am gravely concerned he'll vote to erode that principle and put one of our nation's most essential liberties at risk". The Senate's 52 Republicans threatened to use the nuclear option to break the filibuster and did so on Thursday.

Gorsuch's confirmation was effectively decided on Thursday when the Senate changed the rules ending filibusters for Supreme Court nominees.

The Democrats who supported Gorsuch were Sen.

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A "yes" vote is a vote to confirm the nominee. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., recovering from back surgery, was absent. The change allowed the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority.

FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks during his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

GOP members described Gorsuch as a highly qualified candidate who refuses to act as a legislator, instead ruling on the basis of a faithful adherence to the Constitution and law.

"He has sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Democrats opposed Gorsuch in part because Senate Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, last year. A church-affiliated school in Missouri is challenging that state's refusal to let it participate in a grant program that provides playground safety materials.

Anti-abortion advocates have pointed to Gorsuch's 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia to explain his anti-abortion stance.

The chief objection to Gorsuch by LGBTQ groups was based primarily on his evasiveness in responding to questions about his views on LGBTQ rights, specifically concerning if LGBTQ people are protected under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"Gorsuch wins. nearly everyone else, and most certainly the credibility of the Senate leadership, loses". Gorsuch wrote separately holding that the mandate infringed upon the owners' religious beliefs "requiring them to lend what their religion teaches to be an impermissible degree of assistance to the commission of what their religion teaches to be a moral wrong". They wagered they could delay until after 2016's election and perhaps cement a right-wing court. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program and on news related to Southern Baptists' concerns nationally and globally.

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