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Justice Neil Gorsuch

The Senate on Friday confirmed the conservative appellate judge to the Supreme Court after a rancorous debate that saw the end of the judicial filibuster.
Source: James Lawler Duggan / Reuters

The Senate on Friday confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, restoring a 5-4 conservative majority on the high court after a rancorous debate that resulted in the end of a long-standing Senate tradition.

The 54-45 vote became a formality after Republicans voted along party lines Thursday to change the Senate rules and defeat a Democratic filibuster of Gorsuch’s nomination. Three Democrats—Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota

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