The vote to change Senate rules split along party lines, 52-48.
In 2006, Democrats, including then-Sen. Joe Manchin, North Dakota Sen.
Vice President Mike Pence presided over the vote, but was not needed to break a tie.
McConnell's decision a year ago to hold the Supreme Court seat open was seen as a gamble, questioned even by some in his party, but it's now viewed by Republicans as a political master stroke. Nominated by then-President George W. Bush, he was unanimously confirmed for the circuit court in 2006 and that same year, he received a "unanimously well qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. There is no way to know how many there will be, if any, but several justices are quite elderly. "He has the independence of mind for fairness". But from the beginning, the fight was a referendum on the man who nominated Gorsuch, President Donald Trump.
If confirmed Friday, Gorsuch would be expected to quickly be seated and begin hearing cases.
The Senate change, affecting how many votes a nominee needs to advance to a final confirmation vote, will apply to all future Supreme Court candidates as well.
Even as they united in indignation, lawmakers of both parties, pulled by fierce political forces from left and right, were unwilling to stop the confirmation rules change.More news: Britain's prime minister to seek early election on June 8
But despite the opposition to Gorsuch, his confirmation was never seriously in doubt and he flew remarkably under the radar.
"This is a person of extraordinary credentials who will bring honor to the Supreme Court for many, many years to come". Democrats were often drowned out and distracted by issues ranging from the investigation over Russia's activities in the 2016 presidential election to the March effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
'Gorsuch's legal philosophy is far to the right of most Americans who believe in a woman's right to vote or to reproductive freedom, a separation of church and state, equal protection, marriage equality for same-sex couples or civil rights protections for vulnerable communities, ' Zbur said in a statement. At 49, he is the youngest Supreme Court justice to serve on the court in 25 years.
Gorsuch has degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford universities.
So now, it is Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the world moves on. "In fact, I am confident we will", said Sen. He said that it would leave a mark on them. "But that judges should do none of these things in a democratic society".
Gorsuch joins fellow conservatives Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy on a court that also includes liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
She resigned in 1983 under controversy after refusing to turn over toxic waste records to Congress.
He served as a partner at a prestigious Washington Law firm, Kellogg, Huber as well as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. They now live in Boulder, Colorado. Articles featured include reporting on world news, politics, finance, health, entertainment and technology.