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Confirmations for the sitting Supreme Court justices

April 5, 2017

THE WASHINGTON POST – The overwhelming majority of Supreme Court nominees have received a substantial majority of votes for confirmation, and no Supreme Court nominee has ever been blocked by a single-party filibuster.

For example, On Jan. 31, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to a seat formerly held by Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. President Barack Obama had nominated Merrick Garland for the vacancy, but Senate Republicans refused to schedule a hearing and his nomination languished before the Senate for a record 293 days. In this case, this data journalism article shows how the votes went for Scalia and the eight sitting justices shows how the process has become more polarized over time.

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