Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Gorsuch takes Supreme Court seat after divisive confirmation

Markey's comments come after Republicans triggered the "nuclear option" last week to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who took the judicial oath on Monday.

CBS This Morning on Tuesday downgraded the lifetime confirmation of a Supreme Court justice to a bit story within a report on alleged feuding between White House aides. All the current justices were in attendance, along with most of their spouses.

Gorsuch's confirmation comes at the end of a long, unseemly, petulant, politically and civically corrosive sequence of events that has gone on now for more than a year, and from which nearly no one involved has emerged unsullied.

Gorsuch says of his former law clerks, "your names are etched in my heart forever".

President Donald Trump praised the new justice, saying he will rule "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law". As it turns out, he'll get to work with the rest of the justices very soon.

He will also participate in the last round of oral arguments, beginning April 17, including a major separation of church and state case from Missouri.

The Supreme Court still has 13 cases it will hear this term, including a significant religious liberty case looming next week.

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"Well he was made by the Democrats unfortunately to be a lot more controversial than he should have been and we simply told the Democrats that Justice Gorsuch would be confirmed".

Filibusters of judicial nominees, requiring 60 senators to force a vote, became widespread under the Bush and Obama administrations, as each party sought to pack the courts with its own nominees, with the Republican Party being more ruthless, and more successful.

Gorsuch will replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February of 2016.

Ed Markey (D-MA) promised that once in power, Democrats will restore the 60-vote standard for Supreme Court nominees.

But the public event at the White House, which was attended by all eight other justices and several conservative activists, was an opportunity for Trump to wring maximum public credit from Gorsuch's confirmation. Law firm partner. Justice Department official. Hailing from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, he is the court's only Westerner.

The cases regard issues such as gun rights, voting rights, gay rights, as well as the travel ban Trump sought to place on a number of Muslim majority countries.

Justice Kennedy's presence was symbolic personally for Justice Gorsuch, who served as a clerk for Justice Kennedy and considers him a mentor. This gives newly minted Justice Neil Gorsuch a chance to make his mark. Consequently, the state turned down the church's application for a grant to cover the cost of resurfacing a playground with recycled scrap-tire material.

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