WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, 49, Friday in a 54-45 vote.
Gorsuch will replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in his sleep in Presidio County in 2016.
Senate Republicans rewrote the rules to allow a simple majority vote to confirm Gorsuch and got rid of the possibility of a filibuster by the Democrats. Friday's confirmation gave the GOP an important political victory, after Republicans failed to pass legislation that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act in late March.
Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday, when he becomes the 113th Justice of the Supreme Court. He will swear two oaths -- both federal and Constitutional ones. The Constitutional oath will be done in private, but the federal oath will be made publicly at the White House.
President Donald Trump said Gorsuch would vigorously defend the Constitution.
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