Gorsuch earlier in the day took his separate constitutional oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court with the other justices.
Gorsuch will soon be hearing and deciding cases involving the Trump administration, including possibly whether to uphold the president's temporary travel ban on people from six majority-Muslim nations. And someone who, with his lifetime appointment, will outlast the President in the upper echelons of government.
Markey mentioned how Trump had promised during the presidential campaign that anyone he nominated to the Court would be anti-abortion and pro-gun rights, what the senator described as litmus tests. In several key cases, where the justices had been deadlocked 4-4, the court may order a rehearing to allow Gorsuch to participate as the tie-breaking vote.
Then, in a nod to the complications he has run into throughout his first 80 days in office and the looming symbolic 100-day deadline for his presidency, Trump gave himself a pat on the back. "I think that's a form of hazing, don't you?"
"Trump said he had faith in Gorsuch". "Our country is counting on you to be wise, impartial and fair, to serve under our laws not over them, and to safeguard the right of the people to govern their own affairs".
"The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is an unhappy day to those Americans committed to justice and equality for all".
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After that it wasn't easy, but we could use the counter-attack and had space between the lines. Up front we could be better, but our quality of play meant we had control.
As I watched the incredible dignity of President Trump, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and now-Justice Gorsuch, I realized how 'President Trump has exceeded my expectations.
With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is about to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice.
Last week, the Democratic leadership announced they had 41 votes to filibuster Gorsuch and urged Trump to "change the nominee". According to that outlet, "on the list is a plea that the court decide whether the Second Amendment grants a right to carry firearms outside the home". But the work was mostly done by outside groups and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. When Gorsuch couldn't attract 60 votes to end debate, Henderson said that the "failure by the Senate Republicans to secure 60 votes to move forward on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court speaks to the flaws of Judge Gorsuch, not the rules of the Senate".
"I especially want to express our gratitude for Sen". As with the entire confirmation process, the final swearing-in of the new ninth justice was saturated with political cant and hypocrisy, an inseparable part of rituals that have always been emptied of any genuine democratic content. "I look forward to many happy years together".
"I am humbled by the trust placed in me today", he said after taking the oath.