Issue Update

Gorsuch confirmed to the US Supreme Court!

April 8, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the full U.S. Senate voted, by a simple majority, to “go nuclear” and change the rules so that a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court needed only a simple majority to be confirmed; not the 3/5 (or 60 votes) previously required under the “filibuster rule.”

This new change in the rules, which required only a simple majority (51 or more) of the votes, means that after debate a full vote was held on the floor of the Senate in which Judge Neil Gorsuch needed only 51 votes in order to become the next Supreme Court Justice.  The final vote, was held in the early afternoon of Friday, 4/7/2017, was 55- 45.

For more information on the rule change, and the final outcome, as well as a chart which shows how every Senator voted, please see the attached Issue Update.