Gorsuch thanks Trump as he takes oath as Supreme Court justice

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At 49, the former federal appeals court judge from Colorado is the youngest justice to serve on the court in 25 years. The case involves a church's eligibility for a state reimbursement programme as it seeks to make safety upgrades to its playground which is used by members and non-members of the church.

Other responsibilities include answering the door to the justices' conference room and speaking last when they vote on case outcomes and decide which ones to take.

Gorsuch will have an impact on a number of issues raised in the current court session. The linkage began within hours of Justice Antonin Scalia's February 13, 2016, death, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) posted on Facebook that the "vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president".

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Trump also acknowledged the magnitude of the moment. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who played a key role holding the line on the Garland blockade. Trump said in the final presidential debate in October: '[If] that [repeal] would happen, because I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life justices.it [the legality of abortion] will go back to the individual states'.

"And I got it done in the first 100 days", Trump said to laughs. "You think that's easy?" he added, as those in attendance laughed.

Gorsuch will begin work immediately, armed with law clerks who previously worked for him on the 10th Circuit.

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"Throughout his almost 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has been praised by all for his dedicated and dignified service", Trump said. When a beaming Kennedy finally administered the oath to Gorsuch, Trump watched with a look of elation. He is already endeavoring to create it. Potential cases that may land at the Supreme Court include battles between states and the federal government over Medicaid cuts. But what happened on Monday-and over the 14 months preceding it-was truly unprecedented. -Gorsuch joins the ranks of justices who are millionaires. Under McConnell's leadership, the Senate a year ago refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Scalia. Then Republicans changed the rules again, electing to eliminate the filibuster rather than attempting to compromise with Democrats.

-As an associate justice, Gorsuch will earn $251,800 a year - more than 15 percent higher than his $217,600 salary as an appellate judge. It was the fulfilment of a vital campaign promise made by Mr. Trump to make the appointment of a strict conservative to the Supreme Court a top priority. "To serve under our laws, not over them and to safeguard the right of the people to govern their own affairs", Trump said.

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"I will never forget that to whom much is given, much is expected", he said.

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