Democrats Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick


In a 54 to 45 vote, the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to the nation's highest court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, then moved to change the rules so that the 60-vote threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations is now eliminated.

Only three Democrats backed the judge, as did all 51 Republicans who were in the chamber voting. Sen.

Democrats blocked US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee with a historic filibuster on the Senate floor on Thursday, but their victory was short-lived. He was previously a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department and is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25 years. "I am proud to have voted for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court".

Mr Gorsuch was confirmed within 65 days of his nomination, but the battle to appoint another justice to the court began with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative rock star, in February a year ago.

There is no reasonable justification for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's failure a year ago to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's nomination of the moderate and highly qualified Judge Merrick Garland to that seat.

"Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support", stated Trump. "I believe he will be a fine addition to the Supreme Court".

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Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted whose rulings make him an intellectual heir to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will fill.

The nuclear option has now set a new precedent: the Senate no longer needs a majority of 60 votes to confirm a new nominee.

Democrats tried to block the vote, upset President Obama's pick for the seat, Merrick Garland, never got a hearing.

Being among the youngest Supreme Court nominees, Gorsuch has served as an appeals judge for the 10th Circuit in the USA state of Colorado since 2006.

"After considering his record, watching his testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee and meeting with him twice, I will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court", Manchin said at the time.