Neil Gorsuch Confirmed As New Supreme Court Justice To Succeed Former Justice Antonin Scalia
On February 1, 2017 President Donald Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to replace the vacant seat due to Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
On April 8th, 2017, Justice Gorsuch received his commission as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States. “The final vote was 54-45, mostly along party lines.”
“With a series of choreographed parliamentary maneuvers, Republicans were able, by majority vote, to abolish the longstanding rule that required 60 votes to cut off debate on a Supreme Court nomination.” This parliamentary maneuver was the decision to engage the “nuclear option” procedure. In this procedure the Senate is able to act requiring only a simple majority of 51 votes as opposed to the super-majority of 60 votes.
Gorsuch’s decisions have thus far aligned most with Justice Thomas, the court’s most conservative member.
Gorsuch is considered to hold a “strict originalist interpretation of the constitution“, meaning “he is committed to reading the meaning of the document basically word for word, as he believes the Founding Fathers would have intended it 230 years ago.“