Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst released a statement late yesterday (Tuesday) after President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the United States Supreme Court left open with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Grassley said “We’d move forward with the next President’s nomination to the Supreme Court regardless of who won. The President has made his selection, and that’s what we’ll do.” He said that Gorsuch is universally respected across the ideological spectrum as the mainstream judge who applies the law without regard to person or his own preferences. He added that his history of deciding cases based on the text of the Constitution is important because Congress makes the law, not judges. Ernst said that she believes Gorsuch will demonstrate an unwavering commitment to interpret law as written, rather than legislating from the bench. Ernst added, “It’s time for Washington to work together—as our constituents expect us to do—and move forward to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with this eminently qualified nominee.” Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed to the circuit court in 2006. Prior to his confirmation, he practiced law, clerked for two Supreme Court Justices and earned a doctorate degree in legal philosophy from Oxford.
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