Miércoles, 20 Setiembre, 2017

Neil Gorsuch confirmed to US Supreme Court, ending lengthy fight

Republicans Clear Way For Gorsuch Confirmation With'Nuclear Option Republicans Clear Way For Gorsuch Confirmation
Cris De Lacerda | 20 Abril, 2017, 09:05

Brushing aside the opposition of Democrats, Republicans in the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, delivering the first legislative victory for President Donald Trump, and filling a vacancy on the court that had been open for over a year since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the judge who is set to become the 113th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats consistently tried to tie Gorsuch to Trump, suggesting he won't be independent from the President who nominated him. Richard Burr. "Justice Gorsuch will serve the American people well as a defender of the Constitution".

Three Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 in states won by Trump past year - Indiana's Joe Donnelly, West Virginia's Joe Manchin and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp - voted for Gorsuch. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who has been recovering from back surgery, did not vote. That unusual external review omitted consultation with Senate Democrats, contributing to bitter Democrat complaints about the way the whole process was handled.

Gorsuch will officially be a member of the court once he takes the two oaths. The justices will meet for their private conference next Thursday, April 13, and they will return to the bench on Monday, April 17, for arguments.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold a hearing for Obama's nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year - an action that continues to galvanise Democrats. President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch in late January, roughly a week and a half into his term.

Presided over on Friday by Vice President Mike Pence, the 54-45 near party-line vote caps a partisan saga that has seen Republicans pursue what many call the "nuclear option". McConnell vowed that would not happen on his watch.

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY calls the rules change "a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court".

"He's an exceptional choice", McConnell said.

The Supreme Court is now in recess. I look forward to many more victories this year, and in years to come!

"We have actually restored the status quo", said Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, noting that filibusters of Supreme Court nominees were nearly unheard of prior to Trump's selection.

A conservative-majority court is more likely to support gun rights, abortion regulations, an expansive view of religious liberty and Republican-backed voting restrictions, while opposing curbs on political spending.

Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said of McConnell's tactic: "No. 1, it's courageous".