Of all of the legacies that the Trump administration will leave on America, none is more impactful and important than the appointing of Supreme Court judges.
These judicial megaliths will be hard at work making America great again long after Donald Trump has retired to Mar A Lago. They will shape our nation for untold future generations with their studious and uncompromising work.
Now, as President Donald Trump has begun his reign as Commander in Chief, he has had the sacred duty of fulfilling an empty seat on the bench of benches. The man he chose to fill the vacant role is Neil Gorsuch, the Harvard and Oxford graduate currently working the Tenth Circuit court of appeals. Given that the vacancy occurred during Obama’s lame duck term, democrats are incensed that President Trump would dare nominate Gorsuch, a staunch republican, for a role that Obama would have filled with some progressive pen-pal of his.
And so they blocked the nomination.
Now, the republicans are pulling out all the stops to hand the supreme gavel to Gorsuch, utilizing an unprecedented rule change to accomplish this.
“The vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination on Thursday was blocked by Democratic senators in a 55-45 vote, denying the 60-vote mandate, which paved the way for the ‘nuclear option’ to take place.
“The final vote in favor of the nuclear option was 55-45, with senators voting along party lines on whether to change the rules and lower the threshold, allowing the Senate to advance Gorsuch’s confirmation without the 60 votes required and by a simple majority.
“In the original vote, Democratic senators Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.) voted with Republicans to support Gorsuch, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted against the judge in a procedural move which will allow him to bring Gorsuch’s nomination back up.
“Forty-four Democrats pledged ahead of time to oppose Gorsuch’s nomination.
“Senators will typically walk around the Senate floor or leave after voting; but on this day, they stayed put and voted from their desks, denoting a historic occasion.”
While the appointment of a Supreme Court Judge is certainly a moment not to be taken lightly, on this day, we will experience something more: An historic and unprecedented legislative maneuver that will be heralded for decades.
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Four Democrats broke ranks — Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. – but Republicans still fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed, prompting McConnell to overhaul the way the Senate works.
He said he did so “for the sake of our country.”
Bennet later opposed Gorsuch on the do-over vote.
While congressional Republicans and President Trump are now virtually guaranteed to get Gorsuch on the high court, the impact of the events that played out Thursday could be felt for years, if not decades, to come. Each party blamed the other for the escalation and the breakdown in the Senate’s parliamentary decorum.
Indeed, McConnell’s predecessor as Senate majority leader Harry Reid, now retired, took the first step down the “nuclear” road by lowering the threshold for other nominees in 2013 – a controversial move Republicans frequently brought up on the road to Thursday’s proceedings.