Top Democrat Says 'No' To Neil Gorsuch Confirmation

Cheryl Sanders
March 31, 2017

On Thursday, Schumer warned that they should focus instead on changing Trump's nominee. Gorsuch's record as an appeals court judge and his testimony in confirmation hearings leave little doubt that he would be such a justice. If Republicans can't flip eight Democratic votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could invoke the so-called nuclear option, allowing Gorsuch to be confirmed by a simple majority vote.

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.

Republicans have the option to change the 60-vote rule to a majority of 51; i.e.

It's almost certain President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will eventually be confirmed.

"He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation", Schumer said on Thursday.

While in the minority, Democrats can filibuster the nomination.

"Any Democratic senator who votes for cloture for Gorsuch hurts not only their own standing, but makes the entire party look weak - dampening enthusiasm among the very voters Democrats need to fire up in 2018".

- First, 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. "He was groomed by the Federalist Society [a conservative legal group] and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs". We've endorsed him throughout his Senate career. But Schumer didn't signal that his entire caucus is joining him in opposition - a sign that he is leaving political space for certain Democrats to find ways to work with Republicans, if necessary. West Virginia's Joe Manchin and Florida's Bill Nelson, Democrats facing voters next year, remain undecided on Gorsuch, their spokesmen told Reuters. But Democrats intent on retribution will not balance the scales by a filibuster of Gorsuch. Both are up for re-election next year. In his statement, Casey cited as a concern Gorsuch's "rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy. that employs the narrowest possible reading of federal law and exercises extreme skepticism, even hostility, toward executive branch agencies".

Such a move would require at least 60 senators to vote to end debate and proceed to a confirmation vote. Senate Republicans refused to consider Garland's nomination, and liberal groups have been pressuring Democrats to filibuster the vote on Gorsuch.

Judge Gorsuch misled the Judiciary Committee in his answer on the Luke P. case, saying he relied on precedent for his standard that students with disabilities only deserve "merely more than de minimus" assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The calls I've received against Judge Gorsuch simply didn't convince me he wasn't right for the court.

Schumer's announcement Thursday came on the final day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"If I oppose his nomination, I will use every tool at our disposal, including a filibuster, to try to block his nomination", Blumenthal said.

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