It was obvious that Senate Democrats would not have confirmed ANY Supreme Court nominee named by Donald Trump simply because they are still pouting, sulking and throwing temper tantrums over losing the 2016 election. Consequently, Senate Republicans were forced to make a rule change yesterday to allow for a majority vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee as opposed to the 60% vote that was required. Democrats upset over the rule change need to recall that only a few years ago, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made a rule change that allowed all lower court appointees to be confirmed by a majority vote instead of 60%. Republicans just followed the precedent set by the Democrats.
The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday, filling the critical ninth seat that has been vacant for over a year and capping a tumultuous debate that saw Republicans overhaul the way the chamber operates in order to overcome what they described as an unprecedented Democratic filibuster.
The 54-45 vote is expected to restore a 5-4 conservative tilt on the bench. Once sworn in, Gorsuch will join the court and begin to hear cases, in the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
“He’s going to make the American people proud,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.
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