Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court faces battle

President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime job on the US Supreme Court, to fill the seat left by the late Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch is known for his conservative views on such divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. He faces a major battle for his confirmation after the Senate’s top Democrat Chuck Schumer expressed “serious doubts” about his appointment and promised to push for the nomination to require 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate rather than a simple majority.

Gorsuch is a judge on the Denver-based 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals and was appointed to that post by Republican President George W. Bush in 2006.

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