April 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate today voted to confirm Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, filling the seat left vacant by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February of last year.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement in reaction:
"History was made today, not just in the drama that preceded the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but in the determination of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow the American people to address what has become one of the most polarizing areas of American politics.
"Leader McConnell is to be commended for holding fast to historical precedent of not allowing an outgoing president to pack the Court with ideological jurists on his way out of the White House. The Supreme Court vacancy after the death of Justice Scalia became a defining issue of the 2016 presidential election. President Trump made history by telling voters who he would appoint to the Court by providing a list -- the American people chose him and he in turn chose from the list, keeping his promise.
"We celebrate the confirmation of a justice who we anticipate will keep his promise to adhere to a textual and originalist view of the Constitution," Perkins concluded.