U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) takes the separation of the three branches of government very seriously—he made that clear in Concerned Veterans for America’s final “Future of the Court” tele-town hall event. The importance of keeping checks and balances on government power is why he—and CVA—supports confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Sasse called Judge Gorsuch “the kind of guy the Founders would have applauded” because he understands what a judge’s job is—Judge Gorsuch “has the humility to be a good judge” and knows that it isn’t a judge’s duty to “usurp the power of the people.”
That’s an important quality Americans deserve in a Supreme Court justice.
Sen. Sasse emphasized that it isn’t a justice’s duty to legislate from the bench, and unlike others in similar roles, Judge Gorsuch takes an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Sasse noted that Judge Gorsuch doesn’t personally support every judicial decision he comes to because “it’s not [the judge’s] job to substitute [their] wisdom for the law.” When Judge Gorsuch puts on his robe, Sen. Sasse said he “cloaks himself in the dispassion of someone committed to advancing justice”—not his own agenda. That makes him a strong addition to the Supreme Court.”
Another reason why Sen. Sasse supports Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is because of the U.S.’s current permanent executive state. Since the Great Depression, Sen. Sasse said elected officials have placed greater responsibility upon unelected bureaucrats to advance “the rule of experts.” This transition has given more power to government agencies—limiting citizens’ ability to hold government accountable.
Sen. Sasse said “executive overreach needs to be curtailed” and believes that Judge Gorsuch “will be one of those judges who defends the Constitution and pushes back against the growing executive administrative state.”
By confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the Senate will protect individual liberties and qualities that are most important to American life.