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Senate GOP Gives Trump a Much-Needed Win With Supreme Court Vote

  • Senate confirms Gorsuch to high court after bitter fight
  • Partisan debate over judge could carry into policy goals
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Senate Confirms Gorsuch to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

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The Senate handed President Donald Trump his biggest victory so far, confirming Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch after Republicans muscled past Democratic opposition with a unilateral rule change that may wind up poisoning the debate over the president’s agenda in Congress.

With Vice President Mike Pence in the presiding officer’s chair, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gorsuch who, at age 49, is likely to help shape the court for decades to come. Trump is counting on him to reinstate a conservative-leaning 5-4 court under Chief Justice John Roberts.