Neil Gorsuch confirmed as new Justice on Supreme Court

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("McCaskill Meets Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Gorsuch" by Senator Claire McCaskill, CC BY-ND 2.0)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

The Supreme Court says Neil Gorsuch will be sworn in as the 113th justice on Monday in separate ceremonies at the court and the White House.

Justices take two oaths, one required by the Constitution and the other set by federal law.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath to Gorsuch in a private ceremony in the justices’ conference room at 9 a.m.

Later Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy will ask his former law clerk and new colleague to take the second oath in a public ceremony at the White House. The court did not give a time for the White House event.

Gorsuch will officially be a member of the court once he takes the two oaths.

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12:05 p.m.

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.

The final confirmation vote came after Senate Republicans rewrote the rules, voting to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold on Supreme Court nominees. The change allows 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.


Senator Young released a statement following the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States:

“Time and time again Hoosiers have told me the importance of confirming a mainstream choice for the Supreme Court — one that doesn’t legislate from the bench and understands his or her role in our constitutional system. This singular issue is what drove many to the ballot box last November. Justice Gorsuch embodies the characteristics Hoosiers are looking for in our nation’s highest court. I was proud to vote to confirm him today.”


Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

“The Senate did the right thing today by confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch. He is a strict constructionist who is well-qualified and will defend the rights of the unborn. I am confident that Judge Gorsuch will be an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court and a steadfast defender of the Constitution.”


U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I want to congratulate Judge Neil Gorsuch on his confirmation to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch will faithfully uphold the rule of law and carry on Justice Scalia’s commitment to individual liberty and the sanctity of life. His confirmation is a victory for the Constitution and the American people.”

 

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