Barletta Statement Regarding Trump Appointment to Supreme Court

Jan 31, 2017
Press Release
10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch Tapped to Replace Scalia

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The death of Justice Antonin Scalia left more than just a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court – it left a tremendous void.  And it left the court without one of the sharpest conservative legal minds in American history.  No one will ever replace Justice Scalia, but from what I have learned about Judge Gorsuch, he is a first rate selection as a successor.

“Judge Gorsuch believes in understanding the Constitution as it was written, instead of finding new laws and legal theories where none really exist.  And he believes in interpreting the law, rather than creating legislation from the bench.  He is a strong, conservative choice for this vacancy.  Pennsylvania’s own Judge Thomas Hardiman, of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, is another fine jurist who was named as a finalist and would also have been an excellent nominee.

“I am heartened about the direction the new court will take with Associate Justice Gorsuch.  Given his age, he should be a mainstay on the Supreme Court bench for decades to come.  It is also refreshing that President Trump was transparent about his decision making process, as these were names circulated widely months ago when he released a list of candidates he would consider for this important appointment.  The result is the nomination of a sound conservative who admires judicial restraint, which should be a lasting reminder of just how important November’s election was. 

“Neil Gorsuch is a solid choice for the Supreme Court and he should be confirmed by the Senate without delay.”