The Senate's vote was 55-45 - short of the 60 votes needed to end debate and consider Gorsuch for confirmation.
"As I look back on my career, I think the most consequential decision I've ever been involved in was the decision to let the president being elected a year ago pick the Supreme Court nominee", McConnell said during a news conference just before the vote.
After watching Senate Republicans obstruct Barack Obama for almost two full terms, anything that gets rid of future Republican obstruction is a trade worth making.
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the attack "sends a very strong signal not just to Syria but throughout the world". At that time, Trump told Abe that the United States considers that all options are on the table in dealing with the North.
With an immovable Democratic resistance threatening to derail the nomination of a candidate who, by many metrics, was qualified, Republicans took the extreme step of pursuing the "nuclear option". Some credit McConnell for Trump's narrow victory because the vacant Supreme Court seat motivated conservative voters.
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Gorsuch has a reputation for listening and for resolving each case on its own merits, Loewy said, adding it appears he is independent from the man who nominated him, President Donald Trump. "In many cases, the Supreme Court is the last resort for everyday Americans who are seeking fairness and justice against forces much larger than themselves".
The drama leading up to Gorsuch's confirmation had less to do with his qualifications and more with a disintegration of coalition-building around Supreme Court nominations, particularly on the issue of abortion. Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal judge from Colorado, will occupy the ninth seat on the court, which has been operating with eight justices since the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Speaking on the Senate floor, the Kentucky Republican reminded Democrats they had used the nuclear option in 2013.
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In its response, BHP said it regularly reviewed opportunities to create value, including the key elements of Elliott's proposal . What the scheme would do is make some bankers and lawyers very busy indeed, without improving the operational efficiency of BHP.
"Congratulations to Judge Neil Gorsuch on his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court!"
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, had attempted to delay the effort to change the rules until after the two-week congressional recess, but failed to secure enough votes to proceed that way.
Then-president Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland as Scalia's replacement, but McConnell balked, arguing that since it was an election year, the next president should pick the nominee.
McConnell vowed to preserve the 60-vote filibuster threshold on regular legislation, as opposed to nominations, which will continue to act as a tool forcing bipartisan outcomes and ensuring participation from the minority party.
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President Donald Trump, before his election, described fighting ISIS and seeking Assad's removal at the same time as "idiocy". It is easy to see why this decision was necessary, but we are right to wonder what will happen in the coming days.