Three Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 in states won by Trump previous year - Indiana's Joe Donnelly, West Virginia's Joe Manchin and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp - voted for Gorsuch.
"This vote, which is yet another example of the Republican willingness to undermine critical democratic institutions in support of Donald Trump's radical agenda, will mean new threats to workers' rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and the rights of all Americans", the group's CEO, Stosh Cotler, said in a statement.
Gorsuch takes the place of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon who died unexpectedly more than a year ago. "He's going to make an incredible addition to the court", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. The first will be in a private session at the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will preside, and the second at a public event at the White House, where Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer a second oath.
On Thursday, Democrats successfully filibustered Gorsuch using a long-standing 60-vote cloture rule that prompted Republicans to undo the threshold, upending long-standing Senate tradition. But today is a new day. The change allows the Senate to proceed to the final vote with a simple majority. "Those are serious things for this Republic".
Gorsuch's confirmation marks the first major success for President Trump in the Republican-controlled legislature.
Indeed, during President Barack Obama's first term, Republicans blocked or delayed executive branch and lower court nominations 79 times. It will bring the court back to full strength following a period in which it deadlocked on four cases, delayed others and avoided sweeping rulings. And it will give President Trump his first major achievement amid continuing imbroglios over health care, immigration and the White House's ties to Russian Federation.
Republicans exulted in Friday's victory. We need someone who understands that the role of a judge is to interpret the law, not make it. "The confirmation process was certainly a significant undertaking".
The majority leader argued that ending the filibuster for high court nominees will actually decrease partisan tensions in the Senate and return the upper chamber to a time when filibusters weren't so commonly used to block nominations. Indeed, some believe that Gorsuch will be more conservative. For the reasons I have said, I had concerns about his approach to the law. "The country will be worse off". "It is a proud day for Colorado and the United States has much to look forward to with Neil Gorsuch serving on the Supreme Court".
Shortly before the vote started, McConnell said that as he reflected on his career, "the most consequential decision I've ever been involved in was the decision to let the president being elected previous year pick the Supreme Court nominee".
For the past 10-plus years on the 10th Circuit, Gorsuch has developed a reputation as a strict "textualist" and "originalist" - like Scalia, someone who reads statutes and the Constitution literally and seeks to interpret them through the eyes of their authors. But others cautioned that the knife cuts both ways and that should Democrats become the majority in the Senate again, Republicans will regret their decision to go "nuclear". In the end, the campaign on Gorsuch's behalf helped to unite Republicans but wooed less than a handful of Democrats to his side, leaving McConnell to deploy the nuclear option.