"Now, in changing the Senate rules to prevent a filibuster of President Trump's nominee for the court, conservative federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, the GOP guarantees Gorsuch a seat".
Gorsuch's confirmation ends the longest Supreme Court vacancy since 1862 during the American Civil War, with the court down a justice for nearly 14 months since long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016.
Gorsuch was confirmed in a 54-45 vote in a simple up-or-down simple majority vote. Instead of needing 60 votes to end filibuster, as had been the practice for Supreme Court nominees, the new rule made it so that only a majority of 51 votes were needed.
North Carolina's senators, both Republicans, were supportive of Gorsuch.
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President Donald Trump says in a statement that Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence" will make him "the ideal choice" to serve on the court. "I am proud to join a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate to confirm him to this position for which he is so well qualified".
"When history weighs what happened, the responsibility for changing the rules will fall on the Republicans' and Leader McConnell's shoulders", said Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed the judge who is set to become the 113th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The vote largely came down along party lines, with only three Democrats joining with the Republicans in the chamber in support of Gorsuch's nomination.
The gamble paid off as Trump won the White House. Trump himself predicted to reporters aboard Air Force One that "there could be as many as four" Supreme Court vacancies for him to fill during his administration.
Trump says in the statement that Gorsuch will serve "with distinction" and continue to "vigorously defend our Constitution". "It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place".
The Supreme Court is now in recess. He can then prepare for the court's next round of oral arguments, starting on April 17. Some of the first cases Gorsuch could be expected to hear are on housing discrimination and workers' rights. "So we are charging Judge Gorsuch to be the independent and fair-minded justice that America badly needs".