South Dakota Congressional Delegation Begins Push For Supreme Court Nominee

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South Dakota’s Congressional delegation is beginning the push for Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump announced his pick Tuesday evening during a primetime address.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) is calling on Democrats to “abandon their campaign to filibuster Judge Gorsuch.”

Thune said Trump made an ‘outstanding choice.’

��Neil Gorsuch is an exceptionally well-qualified, mainstream jurist, and I believe his long record of thoughtful jurisprudence will make him an asset to the court. I look forward to confirming Judge Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court,” Thune said.

Neil Gorsuch is an outstanding choice to serve as a justice on the #SupremeCourt. I look forward to confirming him without delay. �� Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) February 1, 2017

South Dakota’s junior Senator echoed Thune’s comments. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said he looks forward to getting to know Gorsuch in the coming weeks.

��Replacing Justice Scalia, one of the Supreme Court��s strongest defenders of our Constitution, is no easy task,�� Rounds said. ��Justice Scalia set the gold standard for judges through his strict interpretation of the Constitution and deference to states�� rights. We believe Judge Gorsuch espouses the same approach as Justice Scalia and has a strong understanding of federalism upon which our country is built.”

South Dakota’s lone member of the House of U.S. Representatives is also looking forward to Gorsuch’s hearings with her colleagues in the Senate.

“I am very encouraged by the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, who not only has exceptional qualifications but has shown a commitment to the Constitution and the liberties contained within it,” Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) said.

The House doesn’t vote on confirmations.

The Senate Democrats may use the filibuster to slow or stop the nomination. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has indicated he may initiate it. That maneuver would require 60 votes, which would mean Gorsuch would need bi-partisan support in the upper chamber of Congress.