WASHINGTON, D.C. – After invoking the ‘nuclear option’ to dissolve the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court appointments, the Senate confirmed today Judge Neil Gorsuch as a justice of the United States Supreme Court, in a 54-45 vote. Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement in response:

“The Millennial generation rejects extreme party politics in our democratic institutions. When Senate Republicans voted yesterday to force Judge Gorsuch through the nomination process using the nuclear option, and fundamentally undermined the Senate, they broke yet another record for hyper-partisan politics. Judge Gorsuch is an extremist with values that overwhelmingly do not align with our generation. Although young people will be stuck with a partisan Supreme Court for the longest, our voices were wholly ignored in this decision. Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation today only forges a wider fissure between young people and our governing institutions.”

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Kyle Epstein at kepstein@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8137

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