Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch to be blocked by Democrats

Cheryl Sanders
March 24, 2017

FILE - Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 22, 2017, as he testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sisk said in a letter Friday to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Gorsuch implied in class that many female job applicants unfairly manipulate companies by hiding plans to begin families.

Chuck Schumer said Judge Neil Gorsuch favoured the "powerful over the weak" and failed to answer "question after question" in his confirmation hearing. "I have concluded that Judge Gorsuch is not the right choice to fulfill this commitment".

"Senator, I would have walked out the door", Gorsuch replied.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday Gorsuch would be confirmed before the Senate's mid-April recess. Their thinking is that if President Trump has another opportunity to name a Supreme Court justice, they want the option of blocking any nominee.

Democrats are also frustrated because they believe Senate Republicans failed to give Obama's selection of Merrick Garland to fill the seat left vacant after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February 2016 the courtesy of a hearing.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said Republicans could very well decide to change the rules so only a simple majority would be necessary to move along to a final vote as opposed to 60 votes.

"It's a really tough situation, and they're going to have to find their way through it because that 60-vote threshold is important for the Supreme Court", said former Sen.

Senate Democrats are in a 48-52 minority but can insist that Mr Gorsuch wins 60 votes, a so-called filibuster.

Schumer struck back against the possibility of a rule change, the Post reports. Aside from that case, all Supreme Court nominees of the last 47 years have received at least 60 votes.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York arrives to speak with reporters about his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The senator offered an abbreviated list of the Democrats' smear campaign against the judge.

The questioning of Gorsuch will continue Thursday.

And when Vermont Democratic Sen.

The judge hasn't had an opportunity to rule directly on the scope of the Second Amendment during his time on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Gorsuch defended his opinion, saying he and the other judges on the court followed previous legal rulings in their decision.

Republicans have lavished praise on Gorsuch and bemoaned what they see as a doomed attempt to politicise what used to be a straightforward process and appease the Democrats' liberal base.

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