Markey: Democrats will Restore 60-Vote Threshold for Supreme Court

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The oath was administered during the White House ceremony by Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Gorsuch once served as a law clerk.

Literally within hours of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, drew a political line in the dirt: With nearly a year left in the Obama presidency, McConnell said no nominee would be confirmed until the next administration.

Among cases up for discussion is one in which gun activists are seeking to expand gun rights to include carrying concealed firearms in public.

A silver-haired, square-jawed jurist with a folksy manner, the 49-year-old Gorsuch was a federal appeals court judge in Colorado when Trump picked him for the top court. And as much as Trump and many Republicans seem to see Gorsuch's confirmation to the Court as a victory, the event is embroiled in controversy. He vowed to choose from the combined list, recommended separately by The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, in naming Supreme Court justices.

In his public remarks at the White House, Gorsuch groveled before the president who nominated him and the senators who pushed through his confirmation, while declaring, referring to the late Justice Scalia, "I will never forget that the seat I inherit today is that of a very, very great man". "Spring is really the flawless backdrop for this joyful gathering of friends because together we are in a process of reviewing and renewing and also rebuilding our country".

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The Senate confirmed Gorsuch by a 54-45 vote Friday, after Republicans triggered the so-called nuclear option Thursday to end Democrats' filibuster and require only 51 votes rather than 60 to end debate and proceed to a vote.

And he can begin shaping the court's caseload, providing yet another vote for which cases the justices will hear.

This removed the ability for nominees to the Supreme Court to be filibustered.

"A simple majority for something as important as the Supreme Court seat is bad for the United States Senate, and it's bad for this country", said Luke, Salt Lake City Councilman.

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice on Monday morning, an ascension to the high court bench that President Donald Trump touted as one of his first major domestic successes.

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Trump noted that Gorsuch and Kennedy are the first former clerk and justice to serve together on the nation's highest court.

"The DNR's (Missouri Department of Natural Resources) religious exclusion sends a message that Trinity's children are less worthy of protection simply because they play on a playground owned by a church", the group charged.

Nevertheless, with a party-line vote, Senate Republicans changed the rules to allow Gorsuch's nomination to proceed.

A new study, conducted by Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law, looked at oral arguments for the years 1990, 2002 and 2015. With Gorsuch now sworn in, he could have a say in such a decision, among many others.

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