Gorsuch Recommits to Considering Cameras in Court

Cheryl Sanders
March 24, 2017

Senate Democrats opposed to Gorsuch aren't making their case now based on a tit-for-tat around Garland but on the merits of his record. "It appears he will faithfully apply the law to protect the rights of all Americans".

"Judge Gorsuch was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check on a president who has shown nearly no restraint from executive overreach", Schumer said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on fellow Democrats on Thursday to filibuster the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, which would require 60 votes to overcome.


The move will force Republicans to find a supermajority of 60 votes to advance Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to a confirmation vote. "And I urge my colleagues to do the same".

Unlike with other cabinet nominees, Democrats retain the ability to filibuster Supreme Court nominees. Many have indicated they may filibuster the appointment when it comes up for a full Senate vote - which is essentially a stall measure that drags out the process. If they can't, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans will have to decide whether to take the dramatic step of changing the vote threshold and essentially eliminating the filibuster. "It is to change the nominee", he said. But Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who is up for re-election in 2018, said Thursday he would not vote for Gorsuch. In order to break the filibuster under normal means, eight Democrats would have to vote with Republicans to end debate on Gorsuch's nomination.

But Republicans who control the Senate are expected to ensure Gorsuch reaches the bench, perhaps before the middle of April. Montana Sen. Jon Tester, who falls into that group, said he'd spend some time evaluating the nomination this weekend before deciding whether to support cloture and final confirmation for Gorsuch. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor. "It's to change the nominee".


However, the remaining gang of 14 members still in the Senate-Maine Republican Susan Collins and Arizona Republican John Mccain - show no desire to change the rules if need be.

Back in 2006, the Senate unanimously confirmed Gorsuch in a voice vote. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters Thursday.


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