Cruz: Gorsuch nomination has "superlegitimacy"
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 11:04
Hearings on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court begin today in Washington.
Now a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Gorsuch has ruled in several cases touching on the rights of people with disabilities, a judicial record that many advocacy groups say is worrisome. "So, Judge Gorsuch, we need to know what's in your heart".
Additionally, Leahy is now the longest serving senator. Late last week, the Trump Administration submitted a brief arguing that this decision should be upheld. Based on his record, it is clear Judge Gorsuch would serve as a rubber stamp for the President who appointed him. "Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you that I'm a big fan of his".
If Gorsuch is confirmed by the Senate, as expected, he would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the court. Though former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to replace Scalia, Republicans - who then and now hold a majority in Congress - refused to proceed with Garland's nomination.
Some Democrats have already been out front and vocal about their opposition to Gorsuch, including Sens.
Colorado Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet will introduce Gorsuch when his confirmation hearing opens.
The confirmation hearing will continue through this week.
But the Republicans in the room painted a much different picture, defending Gorsuch's abilities as a judge.
The campaign for a politicized judiciary includes strategies to get judicial nominees to take partisan positions on issues that could come before them in the future. But with only 52 Republicans in the Senate, Republicans could not break a Democrat filibuster, if there is one. Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016 and the seat has remained vacant.
'It concerned me that a main education female lawyers would be discounting their worth publicly, ' Sisk, a former Senate staffer, said.
Gorsuch's entry to the committee room caused a lighthearted moment because there was such a din of shutter clicks from media photographers that the 49-year-old appeals court judge couldn't keep a straight face as he sat down at the witness table.
But it is unclear if they will try to block Mr Gorsuch's confirmation.
"Judge, I look forward to hearing more about your exceptional record". The Supreme Court has operated with a vacancy for more than a year.
Ruling in a case known as Thompson R2-J School District v. Luke P., Gorsuch found that the school district had met its obligation under the IDEA to provide a free appropriate public education since the student in question made some progress toward goals, even if the gains were minimal.