Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday, Mitch McConnell pulled the trigger and unleashed the nuclear option, killing filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. Today, the Senate voted and confirmed Gorsuch as Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The vote began at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the votes rolled in to confirm Gorsuch. When all votes were tallied, there were 54 votes to confirm and 45 to deny. Three Democrats voted with the GOP in favor of Gorsuch: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitcamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

According to CBS, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to push back the vote until after the upcoming Congressional recess, but to no avail.

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. He also tried to adjourn until the evening, but was also unsuccessful.

Through two months of bitter battle, the late Antonin Scalia’s seat has been filled. His swearing-in will take place on Monday, April 10.