By Stefan Markarian
On February 1st, President Trump announced that he would be “keeping another promise to the American people by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.” Should Gorsuch be confirmed, he will fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last year.
Currently, the Supreme Court is deadlocked with an even amount of conservative and liberal justices. Nominating the 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado gives President Trump and his Republican allies a very good chance of establishing a firm conservative majority for the Supreme Court.
Selected from a list of approximately twenty candidates, Gorsuch graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School and earned a doctorate in legal philosophy while studying at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.
President Trump commented on his impressive resumé, saying, "It is an extraordinary resumé. As good as it gets.”
Gorsuch takes a strong conservative stance on issues such as religious freedom, The Affordable Care Act, and separation of powers, as he claims that administrative powers receive too much deference, making him a favorite for Republicans.
Gorsuch’s nomination has riled both House and Senate Democrats, who have cited that he was a threat to Roe v. Wade, LGBT rights, and he also places corporations over people. The confirmation of Gorsuch will be challenging for President Trump, as Democratic senators have already hinted that they will take part in a filibuster. There is no doubt that Democrats have not forgotten that Republicans essentially ignored Former President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court last year.
Gorsuch requires 60 votes to break a filibuster and proceed into a final vote. Republicans have 52 votes currently, so they must receive 8 votes from the Democrats. The confirmation is possible, but it could prove to be very difficult.
Information for this article was taken from CNN and The Washington Post.
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