Gorsuch Confirmed to the Supreme Court
On April 7, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States by a bi-partisan Senate vote of fifty-four to forty-five (54-45).
All Republicans voted for him and were joined by three Democrats: Senators Joe Donnely (D-IN), Heidi Keitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV). All other Democrats opposed Gorsuch. Senator Isakson of Georgia supported him but was unable to vote due to back surgery. His vote would have given Gorsuch fifty-five (55) votes.
JAG President, Phillip Jauregui, expressed optimism about Gorsuch’s confirmation:
“It is nothing short of a miracle that Justice Scalia’s seat has been filled with someone that we all hope will be a strong constitutionalist. Justice Gorsuch could serve on the Supreme Court until the year 2050 or beyond.
“Today, we pray for Justice Gorsuch, that he will faithfully follow the Constitution, and that he will correct the Court’s past abusive decisions that continue to disrespect the text of our laws and constitution.“This is a special moment for our Nation. For decades, our judges have forsaken their oaths, broken covenant with God, and stolen law-making power. We pray that God will bring judicial renewal to our Nation and that Justice Gorsuch will be a part of that renewal.”