Early media reports are portraying today’s confirmation of federal appeals
Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court as a victory for President Donald Trump.
The Senate confirmed him by a 54–45 vote on April 7.
Our view is that it is a victory for all Americans, because Judge Gorsuch is temperamentally
and ideologically prepared to serve with distinction on the nation’s highest
Forget the vitriol you’ve heard about Gorsuch occupying a "stolen seat"
— the truth is much different. Both major candidates accepted that the vacancy
was part of the stakes of the 2016 presidential election. And as President Barack
Obama never tired of telling us, elections have consequences.
to respond to your U.S. Senators concerning the April 7 vote.
We’re excited to have Judge Gorsuch replace the late Antonin Scalia, because
Judge Gorsuch’s record indicates that his judicial philosophy is what it should
be. His record shows that he believes judges should interpret the law in the cases
that come before them, and must not twist the law to achieve a desired political
The New York Times
notes that Judge Gorsuch, age 49, could serve on the
high court for 30 years or more. He is no stranger to the court, having served as
a clerk for both the late Justice Byron White and Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judge
Gorsuch will be the first to serve on the high court alongside someone for whom
he used to work.
Judge Gorsuch is scheduled to be sworn in to the high court Monday, April 10. Some
of the court’s most important cases of the term will be heard the very next
week. We’re especially interested in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia
(Mo.), Inc. vs. Pauley
, which could make a difference in the nation’s
jurisprudence concerning religious liberties.
According to the Oyez
website, at issue is whether a church–operated
day–care center is ineligible for a state grant, in this case for material
designed to make a playground safer, simply because it is operated by a church.
The church maintains that its exclusion from the grant program violates the First
Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion and the Equal Protection
Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case will be heard April 19.
Senate leadership used the so–called "nuclear option" to pave the
way for a vote on Judge Gorsuch in the wake of a politically motivated filibuster
against him — or, more accurately, against the president who nominated him.
The change in Senate rules will have a lasting impact. But in our view, the most
important impact will be that now, presidential appointees of either party will
now be guaranteed a confirmation vote. The filibuster has too often been used by
both parties to obstruct the filling of important government positions. That can’t
happen anymore — all to the better.
We look forward to the legacy Neil Gorsuch establishes as an associate justice of
the U.S. Supreme Court.
to respond to the vote to your U.S. Senators.
Your response will thank a senator who voted for Gorsuch and acknowledge the opposition
of a senator who voted against him.