Progressive groups demand a filibuster against Trump's Supreme Court pick

"We're here today to call on North Carolina's two USA senators - particularly Thom Tillis, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee which is meeting at this very moment - to rethink their support for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch", Schofield said.

The clerks sent the letter to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and ranking member Dianne Feinstein of California ahead of next week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Gorsuch, a current federal appeals court judge on the 10th Circuit, based out of Colorado.

The court's ideological balance is at stake.

"Despite President Trump's promise to protect the interests of American workers, he has nominated a judge who has consistently sided with corporations over working folks".

He would fill a vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death 13 months ago.

Mr Durbin cautioned Mr Gorsuch that the nominee will "have his hand full with this President" and that a Justice's duty is to the law not the administration or politics.

Still, she said senators' responsibility through the hearing was to determine whether Gorsuch is a "reasonable mainstream conservative, or is he not".

Democrats have vowed to oppose Gorsuch on principle, but Republicans have a two-seat majority in the Senate.

Hatch also warned of politicizing the judiciary and allowing the confirmation process for a Supreme Court Justice to resemble a political campaign.

"Senate Republicans made a big show past year about respecting the voice of the American people in this process", he said, referring to Trump's election victory.

Congressional Democrats have been facing major pressure from the left, as the Times notes, to exact revenge for the Republicans' unprecedented obstruction of Garland's nomination past year, and it remains to be seen if they have the will to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.

Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, referred to the unanimous confirmation vote the late Justice Antonin Scalia received in 1986 and the almost unanimous vote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg received in 1993.

Gorsuch "implied that women intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage" them, Sisk said in a letter to lawmakers last week.

"The ABA's unanimous well qualified rating for Judge Gorsuch confirms that he has the highest level of professional qualifications including integrity, competence, and temperament", Hatch said.

Democrats may choose to filibuster, meaning one senator may stall the debate by refusing to yield the floor.

Simmons said the next Supreme Court justice should be fair minded, particularly when it comes to upholding civil rights laws - especially those related to gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hauptman wrote that Gorsuch often asked his students to consider the challenges they would face as new attorneys, including the tension between building a career and starting a family, especially for women. It's widely expected, however, that Trump's nominee will eventually be confirmed. "President Trump could nominate would they support", Ms. Ayotte said on Fox News.

President Trump has lambasted judges for ruling against his bid to restrict travel from certain Muslim-majority nations, a subject that may come up for Mr Gorsuch.

Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative judge with a legal philosophy akin to Scalia's.

  • Leroy Wright


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