WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said tonight the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to the Supreme Court of the United States represents an important step forward in restoring a judicial philosophy on the high court that embraces the Constitution and the rule of law.
"We're very encouraged by President Trump's nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, who has appeared before the Supreme Court in numerous cases. "Judge Gorsuch is a remarkably qualified nominee with a conservative judicial philosophy and a commitment to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution. He is decidedly pro-life and understands what it means to protect the constitutional freedoms afforded to all Americans. The obstructionists who oppose every move by President Trump will likely challenge this nomination from the outset. That is unfortunate. The American people have spoken in this election. It's time to move forward and proceed without delay and confirm this nominee."
Judge Gorsuch was approved by a voice vote by the Senate when he was appointed to the federal appeals court by President George W. Bush. If Senate Democrats attempt to filibuster Judge Gorsuch, President Trump has said that he is in favor of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using the so-called "nuclear option" – which was first used by Democrats – to constitutionally change the rules of the Senate requiring a simple majority of 51 votes – instead of the 60 now required – to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.
"It is imperative that this nomination move forward without delay," said Sekulow. "President Trump campaigned on nominating a well-qualified, conservative jurist to replace the late Justice Scalia. He has fulfilled that promise. The Senate must do whatever is necessary – including a rules change if necessary – to permit action on this nominee. A filibuster is not acceptable."
The ACLJ is launching a national media campaign to advocate for the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch. The ACLJ has more than one million members and will utilize radio, television, online and social media to urge the Senate to act without delay and confirm Judge Gorsuch.
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SOURCE American Center for Law and Justice