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Sete panel backs Trump choice for Supreme Court

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, April 4: The Sete Judiciary Committee rrowly approved President Dold Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy in the US Supreme Court, media reports said. The vote on Monday to endorse the nomition of federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch broke down along partisan lines, with all 11 Republicans in favour and the committee’s nine Democrats opposed, Efe news reported.
With the committee’s approval, Gorsuch’s nomition will now go to the full Sete, where a real battle will be fought over whether or not he will take a lifetime seat on the High Court.
Gorsuch, a staunch conservative who has the unimous support of the 52 Republican setors, maged to convince three Democratic setors but needs the support of five more of that party’s lawmakers to be confirmed by the Sete, which probably will vote on the matter on Friday.
The vote to confirm Gorsuch in the Sete Judiciary Committee comes just 62 days after Trump nomited him on January 31 to occupy the High Court seat vacated by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.
Former President Barack Obama proposed Judge Merrick Garland for the seat, but the Republicans refused to allow a hearing to be held to examine his candidacy for a record 293 days arguing that it made no sense to approve him in an election year. (IANS)

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