Trump nominee Gorsuch confirmed with Reid Option

Dallas NewsJudge Neil M. Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, filling the seat on the court left vacant for more than a year after the death of former Justice Antonin Scalia last year.

Gorsuch, 49, was confirmed 54-45, almost exactly along party lines. 51 Republican senators voted for him, as did three Democrats: Sens. Joe Donnelly, of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia. All three Democrats represent states that voted for President Donald Trump in the presidential election.

It would have been 55-45, but one of the Republicans was absent. That's actually fairly promising. Presuming the missing Republican would have voted for Gorsuch, a Supreme Court nominee getting 55 votes is a lot better than, say, 51. Or 50 with a tiebreaker from the VP.

When the next vacancy comes up, it seems likely the vote will be significantly closer.

This entry was published Fri Apr 07 14:11:40 CDT 2017 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2017-04-07 14:11:40.0. [Tweet]

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