Neil Gorsuch Confirmed To U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The vote was 54-45 on Friday. The victory gives President Donald Trump’s 49-year-old nominee a lifetime spot on the court and his party a much-needed political win after failing to pass legislation on health care and other issues.

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Neil Gorsuch (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The final confirmation vote came after Senate Republicans rewrote the chamber’s rules, voting to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold on Supreme Court nominees. The change allowed the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority.

Democrats opposed Gorsuch in part because Senate Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, last year.

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  1. Didn’t Anthony Scalia wake up dead with a pillow over his face?

  2. I am so happy for the United States today. Thank you President trump. Every day with you is one more day we do not have Clinton. God bless us all.

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