Hoeven: Gorsuch Supported by Bipartisan Majority of Senate

Senate Acts to Overcome Partisan Filibuster of SCOTUS Nominee

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate advanced the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. 

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is extremely qualified for this position and has garnered the support of a bipartisan majority of the Senate, which is why the Senate acted to move his confirmation forward. 

“Judge Gorsuch is a strong Supreme Court pick for North Dakota and our nation. As a judge on the Tenth Circuit for the past decade, Judge Gorsuch has shown deep respect for the Constitution and has a solid record of upholding the rule of law rather than trying to legislate from the bench. He will provide an important safeguard against federal overreach, ensuring that states can take the lead on issues important to their citizens. Judge Gorsuch’s approach to the law empowers our people and preserves the freedoms and liberties envisioned by our Founding Fathers,” said Hoeven.

Today, the Senate voted to overcome a partisan filibuster of Gorsuch’s nomination and allow an up-or-down vote on his confirmation. While a bipartisan majority of Senators support Judge Gorsuch, Senate Democrats refused to allow the nomination to go forward and filibustered the Supreme Court nominee. Today’s Senate vote to overcome the filibuster on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination follows the standard set on November 21, 2013, when Senate Democrats changed the rule for ending a filibuster on all other executive-branch and judicial nominees.

Tomorrow the Senate will hold the final vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.