After intense pushback from democrats, including a 10 plus hour filibuster, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court on Friday with 54-45 vote. Gorsuch fills the crucial ninth seat that was vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia who passed in 2016.
[Scroll Down For Video]
The confirmation of Gorsuch brings a 5-4 conservative bench. In the voting, three democrats crossed party lines to support Gorsuch.
Gorsuch’s confirmation as the 113th Justice of the Supreme Court put an end a political brawl that has been ongoing for more than a year.
Republicans used the “nuclear” option to get Gorsuch confirmed, eliminating the need for a 60 vote majority.
Republicans were eager to see Gorsuch replace Scalia with many citing he was a “fitting” replacement. Donald Trump was one of the first to congratulate Gorsuch on his confirmation via Twitter.
Democrats felt differently about the newly elected supreme court judge. Many accused Gorsuch of giving evasive answers during his confirmation hearing. They also claimed that his previous rulings show favor towards business interests over workers and makes him biased.
“Damage was done to our democracy,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Friday. “Raw political power has been exercised to break the rules and norms of this body.” In the end, there was nothing the Democrats could do to stop the confirmation since the Republicans control both the White House and Congress.
Many Democrats didn’t want Gorsuch simply because they believe Senate Republicans stole the seat when they refused to even consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Merrick B. Garland. Republicans argued that the appointment for the next Supreme Court choice should belong to the next president.
Gorsuch is qualified. He is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford and has been a judge since 2006. He is scheduled to take the oath on Monday.