US Senate clashes over Trump Supreme Court pick

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2017

Since his 2006 nomination by former-President George W. Bush, he has served on the United States 10th Circuit Appellate Court.

The failure rate of Democratic nominees to federal trial courts since 1981 has been nearly twice as high as the Republican failure rate: 14 percent versus 7 percent. "That hasn't been the case with Judge Gorsuch - he's been granted meetings, hearings, a committee vote, and he will soon receive a vote from the full Senate".

Democrats, meanwhile, push back by saying Republicans launched the ultimate filibuster past year by blocking President Barack Obama's pick of Merrick Garland from getting a hearing or committee vote, keeping the seat vacant until a new president was sworn in. "And this fallout will be dangerously and perhaps disastrously radioactive for the Senate for years to come", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters.

The filibuster still applies to legislation and Supreme Court nominees, meaning Justices and bills now need 61 votes for Senate approval, instead of a simple 51-vote majority. And now, precisely that many Democrats have pledged to do so.

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, putting President Trump on the cusp of his first - and potentially only - win during his first 100 days.

Gorsuch, 49, cleared the Judiciary Committee on a party line 11-9 vote on Monday, and the nuclear option showdown is expected on Thursday.

With the GOP's looming threat to nullify filibusters, Sen.

Rob Portman has confirmed he will vote with other Republicans to force a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. "But the traditions and principles that have defined the Senate are crumbling, and we are poised to hasten that destruction this week", Coons said. We'll tell you more on what's doing on with this battle over Gorsuch. This changes the rules of the Senate and allows Gorsuch to move forward with just 51 yes votes, a simple majority.

"I'm going to vote for Judge Gorsuch", was all Sen.

As he prepares to change the Senate's rules and eliminate the minority party's tool to block Supreme Court nominees, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday vowed to keep his hands off the filibuster for legislation.

Senate Republicans' willingness to buck the procedural roadblock caused by Democrats unwilling to support Gorsuch will be cheered by the party base. "One way or the other, he's going to get the necessary votes to get there".

The fight over President Donald Trump's pick to become the next justice on the Supreme Court has turned radioactive on Capitol Hill. "Second, he hasn't shown a scintilla of independence from President Trump". And, already, the idea of a second term with the Trump administration looks like a long-shot. "How many of them are willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee".

Kaine: If they gave us a vote and they voted somebody down, we would have put somebody else up.

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