"I think he'll be a great addition to the court," said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said of Gorsuch.
"He is there to interpret the law, not to be an activist for his own personal opinion," said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
For Democrats, the outcome gave them heartburn on multiple levels, as they expressed frustration over the refusal of Republicans to vote on President Obama's nominee from 2016, and then watched as the GOP changed the rules to get rid of the 60 vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees.
"I believe it will make this body a more partisan place," said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
But this was not a day for the Democrats, as Republicans celebrated the first real victory in Congress for President Trump, who has seen lawmakers unable to forge a deal on health care reform, while other major agenda items like tax reform, infrastructure plans and more have not bolted from the starting gate.
Gorsuch will be sworn in on Monday; he will attend his first Supreme Court arguments the next week, on Monday April 17.