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Action Alert! Thank the Senate for Confirming Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court
   Friday, April 7, 2017   at   2:08 PM

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 court.

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.

Click here 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 result.

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. Click here 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.

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