Trump praises Gorsuch after confirmation

The White House is praising Neil Gorsuch following his confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice.

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President Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday Gorsuch’s “judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence” made him “the perfect choice” to serve on the court.

The Senate confirmed Gorsuch on Friday, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The vote was 54-45 on Friday.

The victory gives Trump’s 49-year-old nominee a lifetime spot on the court and his party a much-needed political win after failing to pass legislation on health care and other issues.

Trump said in the statement that Gorsuch will serve “with distinction” and continue to “vigorously defend our Constitution”.

The White House says he will be sworn in on Monday during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court, followed by a public ceremony at the White House later in the morning.

Justice Anthony Kennedy will administer the oath at the White House ceremony.

The Senate confirmed Gorsuch on Friday, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The final confirmation vote came after Senate Republicans rewrote the rules, voting to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold on Supreme Court nominees. The change allows the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority.

Democrats opposed Gorsuch in part because Senate Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, last year.