Apr 7, 2017
The U.S. Senate voted 54-45 today to confirm President Trump’s nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, as the next Supreme Court Justice.
Yesterday, Republicans successfully used the so-called nuclear option to set up the vote today on Gorsuch. The vote to employ the nuclear option and change the number of votes needed to cut off debate and move to approve a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to a simple majority came after Democrats filibustered the nomination. This filibuster was the first in the history of America, but this attempt to block Gosuch failed.
The 49-year-old Judge Gorsuch will replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away in February 2016. As a federal appellate judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch sided with the state of Utah’s defunding of Planned Parenthood and supported the religious liberty arguments against forced abortion mandates under ObamaCare in Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor.
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