President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, reached enough votes in the Senate Friday to be confirmed as an associate justice on the Supreme Court.
That paved the way for Gorsuch's confirmation vote Friday, but left lawmakers of both parties bemoaning the undoing of comity in the Senate and warning that the 60-vote filibuster barrier on regular legislation, a key tool to force bipartisan cooperation, could be next to go.
Then McConnell raised a point of order, suggesting that Supreme Court nominees should not be subjected to a 60-vote threshold but instead a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.
Republicans were joined by Sens.
Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) voted with Republicans in favor of Gorsuch's confirmation.
Gorsuch's opinions on religious liberty, where he sided with the challengers to the so-called Obamacare contraceptive mandate, and on the separation of powers, where he said too much deference was given by the courts to administrative agencies, are key to his appeal to Trump and Republicans. However, Democrats filibustered Gorsuch's nomination, denying him the needed 60 votes.
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Republicans, possessing a 52-48 Senate majority, on Thursday overcame a ferocious Democratic effort to block a confirmation vote by resorting to a rule change known as the "nuclear option".
After Trump nominated Gorsuch on January 31, he essentially enjoyed a stealth confirmation process, as near daily stories from the White House overshadowed the fight. "There is simply no principled reason to oppose this exceptional, exceptional Supreme Court nominee".
Gorsuch is expected to be sworn in within days, in time to hear the final cases of the term. "This brilliant, honest, humble man is a judge's judge and he will make a superb justice".
However, the court has pending cases that, if ruled according to party with Gorsuch on the bench, would expand gun rights, uphold state voting restrictions that many say disenfranchise minority voters and allow private businesses to refuse service to gay couples on the grounds of religion.
He was the anchor of the Court's conservatives, and became a hero for conservative thinkers and organizations.