After voting yesterday to employ the nuclear option to lower the vote threshold needed to end a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee, today the Senate voted along party lines to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has been operating with only 8 justices since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, but Gorsuch’s confirmation creates a conservative majority within the Court.
So what’s next for the largest court in the land? How will Gorsuch’s appointment change the dynamic of the court, and what are the upcoming cases that he’ll have an impact on?
Derek Muller, associate professor of law at Pepperdine School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the School of Law at UC Irvine and an expert on constitutional law, federal practice and appellate litigation