(NationalSentinel) Judiciary: President Donald J. Trump’s job of ensuring his executive orders stand up to the Judiciary just got better earlier today after Senate Republicans used the nuclear option to ensure Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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, in which three Democrats crossed party lines to support the appeals court justice, 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.
Three Democrats voting for Gorsuch were three more than we expected, but when you’re up for election next year in states that Trump won, sometimes your politics change.