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20 April 2017, 09:05 | Melissa Porter
Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules
In March 2016, a little more than a month after Scalia died, Obama nominated Garland, 63, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
A bipartisan group of 61 senators sent a letter to Senate leaders Friday urging them to maintain the 60-vote threshold for filibusters involving legislation, which they said is needed to ensure bipartisanship remains a component of passing bills through the chamber. Democrats in states President Donald J. Trump won big began to bail on their party's leadership, but it wasn't enough to get past the procedural vote known as "cloture" the opposition used to block an up-or-down vote.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) called the action by the Republican senators "a knife into the heart of our "We the People" republic".
Gorsuch will be the 113th judge to sit on the nation's highest court. "You know that he (Gorsuch) will be confirmed, and you know in your heart that he deserves to be confirmed".
Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY calls the rules change "a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court". Earlier, three Democrats voted with the 52 Republicans to advance Gorsuch's nomination for a vote.
In the 1990s, he worked as a clerk for federal judges, including Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.
"As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction as he continues to faithfully and vigorously defend our Constitution", Trump said. And yet in many ways the showdown had been pre-ordained, the final chapter in years of partisan warfare over judicial nominees.
Liberals have slammed Gorsuch for cases in which he decided in favor of businesses and corporate interests at the expense of American workers.
What was proven, however, was that he will likely vote conservatively, shifting the power of the court to the conservative bloc of justices, 5-4.
McConnell's decision past year to hold the Supreme Court seat open was seen as a gamble, questioned even by some in his party, but it's now viewed by Republicans as a political master stroke. Some of the first cases Gorsuch could be expected to hear are on housing discrimination and workers' rights.
Regardless of his personal character, which is strong, Gorsuch will take his seat under a cloud Republicans seeded.
He was the anchor of the Court's conservatives, and became a hero for conservative thinkers and organizations.
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