Democrats Criticize Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch As Pro
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 1:16
These televised hearings will last a few days, and then the committee will vote.
Democrats continued to criticize the GOP for refusing to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February of previous year.
As a lifetime appointee, he would be one of nine justices who have the final legal word on numerous most sensitive United States issues, from abortion to gender to gun control to workers' rights.
Republicans control the Senate and they can change the chamber's rules to make it easier to confirm Mr Gorsuch if any attempt is made to block him.
Gorsuch and the Judiciary Committee's 20 members will give opening statements that day.
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.
On the eve of Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, two legal groups posted a letter from Jennifer Sisk, a former law student who said she was concerned about the values Gorsuch shared with her class on legal ethics and professionalism in 2016.
The disclaimer (and covering fire) follows an intense examination of Gorscuh and his record in the aftermath of his January 31 nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald Trump.
Questioning of the nominee will begin on Tuesday, and a full Senate vote is expected early next month.
Gorsuch entered the packed hearing room accompanied by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, the plain-spoken Iowan who will chair the Judiciary Committee proceedings, greeting members of the audience and shaking hands with panel members, as a phalanx of photographers snapped pictures. 'However Judge Gorsuch informed the class that that was wrong, ' Sisk claims.
And U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, called Gorsuch's nomination - following the stalled Garland process - part of a "Republican strategy to capture our judicial branch of government", though he added that "in spite of all of this, you are entitled a hearing on merits". "Judge Gorsuch's comments implied that women intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage their companies from the first interview".
In a speech on the Senate floor a week ago, McConnell touted the fact that Gorsuch had just been rated as "well qualified" by the American Bar Association, which is made up of more than 400,000 attorneys, law students and others interested in the legal profession. The filibuster rule when invoked requires 60 of the 100 votes to advance a bill or nomination, contrasted with the simple 51-vote majority that applies in most cases. 'Now it concerns me that a man who is being considered for our highest court holds views that discounts the worth of working females'. "And on money in politics - the scourge, the poison of our political system, undisclosed dark money - Judge Gorsuch seems to be. willing to restrict the most common-sense contribution limits".
Ms Perry said it is a "comforting thought" for those who oppose his appointment because at least they know what they are getting.
In October, Cruz suggested that the Senate might choose to leave Scalia's seat open indefinitely if Clinton won the presidential election.