The Senate confirmed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch April 7, 2017 in a 54-45 vote, following a contentious week of opposition that resulted in Republicans changing Senate rules to push the vote through. Earlier in the week, Democrats attempted to block Gorsuch’s confirmation by filibustering. Republicans responded by invoking the “nuclear option,” changing Senate rules so that Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the 60 votes previously required. Gorsuch's confirmation restores the Supreme Court's conservative majority.
April 7, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.