(By Staff Report/Chewelah Independent)
Trump nominee confirmed by senate…
The Associated Press is reporting that the United States Senate has confirmed Neil Gorsuch the become the newest Supreme Court justice Friday. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump.
Gorsuch, the AP reported, was voted in 54-45 by the Senate and his is replacing a seat opened by the passing of late Justice Scalia.
Gorsuch got 51 Republican votes and three moderate Democrat votes.
The vote occurred after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raised a point of order saying Supreme Court nominees shouldn’t have to have a 60-vote threshold to be confirmed but rather a simple majority. McConnell was overrulled, he then appealed the ruling and prevailed on a 52-48 vote in the Senate, washing away the 60-vote filibuster requirement, the Associated Press reported.
This move was considered the “nuclear option.”
When Justice Scalia passed away in February of 2016, McConnell refused to hold hearings for then President Barack Obama’s nominee.