Neil Gorsuch will cement the conservative 5-4 majority on the high court, delivering on a key campaign promise of President Trump.

Gorsuch is thanking his family for their "perseverance and patience" and his mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he served as a law clerk.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's influence on healthcare policy may be initially limited, one expert predicted following his swearing in on Monday.

The lead attorney, former George W. Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement, further characterized Peruta's challenge as raising "perhaps the single most important unresolved Second Amendment question" since the Supreme Court's 2008 decision striking down a District of Columbia gun ban.

Gorsuch is promising to be a "faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation".

Kagan has said other justices also liked to rib her about the food at the court since it's the junior justice's job to help oversee the cafeteria, which is frequented by court employees and visitors.

In addition, the Washington Post reported that the newest justice, "could be the deciding vote in a major separation of church and state case from Missouri".

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"I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected", the 49-year-old said.

Democrats have said they consider the seat stolen because Republicans refused to act on President Barack Obama's nominee for the court, Judge Merrick Garland, announced just over a year ago. Also present were Gorsuch's two daughters, as well as the widow and a son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat Gorsuch will take.

So despite a filibuster by Democrats to stop the nomination of Gorsuch to the Court (with Republicans agreeing Thursday to end the 60-vote threshold necessity for Supreme Court nominees using the long-debated "nuclear option"), things for Gorsuch and his Republican and Democratic backers are ready to roll forward. The oral argument has been delayed for months, signifying a likely deadlock among the eight justices.

Any cases the court already has heard this term in which the justices were equally divided could be reconsidered so that Gorsuch can cast the deciding vote. Without that number of votes, senators could filibuster the nomination.

Yet amid the bitter cross-aisle bickering, a lighthearted moment emerged: Justice Elena Kagan explained to Gorsuch what it's like to be the most junior member of the highest court, where seniority is prized above all.

The state's Constitution says that "no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion".

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