Neil Gorsuch Will Strengthen the Fight Against Abortion Rights

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

Alito Jr., also replaced Republican nominees.

The committee is holding a four-day confirmation hearing for Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado. There are 20 senators on the committee, so at 15 minutes per senator, that's five hours of opening statements. Warren said while Gorsuch has an "impressive legal pedigree" and has charm and intelligence, "this is not a Miss Congeniality pageant".

Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono was arguably the toughest on Mr Gorsuch, questioning him on the lorry driver case, as well as on minorities and women's rights.

· Vieth v. Jublier, written by Federalist Society leader and Gorsuch mentor Antonin Scalia, which ruled that partisan gerrymandering in which elected officials can pick their own voters is Constitutional. "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups, and nominated by a President who lost the popular vote by almost three million votes".

On March 15th they escalated their efforts, bringing a protest to the U.S. Supreme Court building itself.

He said he "thought" that is what the Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to do, pointing to the rumours that Democrats could challenge Mr Gorsuch's nomination with a filibuster due to Mr Garland's treatment.

Grassley has set a committee vote on Gorsuch's nomination for April 3rd, with Republicans hoping for a vote in the full Senate before the Easter recess. The latter's death has left the nation's highest court with a vacancy for more than a year now. Since being nominated, legislators and voters have raised concerns about what his potential confirmation could mean for women's rights.

"Gorsuch's nomination represents an imminent threat to America's most cherished rights and most vulnerable citizens, and millions of Americans across the country are demanding that Democratic leadership use everything in their power to block it", the alliance said.

Toomey said following his one-on-one meeting with Gorsuch last month that he plans to vote in favor of the nominee. "The Democrats are committed to opposing him".

In 2013, then Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid went nuclear to prevent filibusters on cabinet nominees and lower court judges.

Democrats should avoid mimicking the obstructionism Republicans applied with former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland - whose nomination they refused to act on at all - and instead ply Gorsuch with critical questions, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.

Gorsuch is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Republicans made a big show past year about respecting the voice of the American people in this process", Leahy said.

It's customary for the senators of the states in which the nominated judge hails from to introduce them before the committee. "And if you are concerned about these things, as you should be: I want you to meet Judge Neil Gorsuch".

Funded by reactionary billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Richard Scaife, The Federalist Society has waged a brilliant 30-year war to take over the American judiciary and reshape it to their oligarchic liking by stacking the courts with judges (like Neil Gorscuh) aligned with their pro-corporate, anti-middle class agenda.

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