Langevin Statement on the Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans broke with sixty-eight years of tradition to end the filibuster and confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch by a vote of 54 to 45 to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court:

“I am deeply troubled by the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, particularly in light of the decision by Republican leaders to upend Senate tradition and, in a purely partisan fashion, eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Throughout his confirmation hearings, Gorsuch did little to assuage fears that he will put corporate interests above those of individuals, and I believe these issues deserved a full debate in keeping with the Senate’s longstanding traditions and Constitutional authority to provide ‘Advice and Consent.’

“Instead, the confirmation process was undermined by a Republican majority eager to advance their agenda, a cruel irony given their decision to block the eminently qualified Merrick Garland last year for this very seat. I am deeply concerned that this development will further polarize the Court; however, I am equally concerned it will further polarize Congress at a time when bipartisan cooperation is needed more than ever.”