John Elway urges confirmation of Trump supreme court pick Gorsuch

Other coverage of Gorsuch's nomination comes from Arnie Seipel and Nina Totenberg of NPR and from Bill Mears of Fox News, who reviews Neil Gorsuch's judicial record, his extensive preparation, and pre-hearing attempts by Democrats to oppose the nomination.

A ruling doesn't mean you are for the victor or for the loser, or that it means you are for the big guy or the little guy, Grassley said. At today's hearing, Americans saw a humble public servant, and in these troubled times, a little humility is exactly what America needs to see.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Some Democrats also aimed their attacks at President Trump.

The Senate judiciary committee holds hearings and then sends its recommendation to the full Senate for debate. She said she also was concerned about two opinions he wrote that would make it easier for convicted felons to obtain firearms.

But Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's senior Democrat, said Gorsuch's writings suggest that he would seek to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 in favor of abortion rights.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, described himself Monday as a humble Westerner and a family man who can bring geographic diversity to the high court. Jennifer Sisk, who graduated from the University of Colorado Law School previous year, says that during a Legal Ethics and Professionalism class last spring, Gorsuch told his students that companies should ask women about their pregnancy plans during job interviews, and claimed that many women plan to manipulate their employers by taking maternity leave, then quitting to stay home with their children. Questioning will begin on Tuesday. The last time you stood before this committee and went through a confirmation process, nowhere in the record is there any reference to you being outside the mainstream. Obama nominated appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, widely viewed as a moderate, to replace Scalia in March of a year ago. Judge Gorsuch specifically targeted females and maternity leave.

Before the election, Trump released a list of the 21 judges he pledged to consider for the open seat on the Supreme Court. I'll let you judge for yourself whether it sounded hokey or not. "Judge Gorsuch's comments implied that women intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage their companies from the first interview".

"Judge Gorsuch should be on the Supreme Court and Judge Gorsuch will be on the Supreme Court", Sasse said. Republicans say Judge Gorsuch is supremely qualified and temperamentally suited to join the court, and observers believe he will follow in the originalist footsteps of Scalia.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is criticizing Gorsuch because of his support from conservative interest groups that the Vermont lawmaker called "anti-choice, anti-environment and pro-corporate".

"Some liken it to the action of the tyrannical kings who claim that they have sole control", Leahy added, also noting the irony of the "unprecedented obstruction".

Republicans will likely need the support of 60 of the Senate's 100 members to move to a confirmation vote on Gorsuch, and with a 52-48 majority, they'll need at least eight Democrats to support the jurist. Michael Bennet, as well as Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general during the Obama administration who has been supportive of Gorsuch's nomination. If that doesn't happen, McConnell has the option of invoking the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority of 51 votes. Republicans, who control the Senate, refused to consider Garland in Barack Obama's previous year in office in a move to block the appointment of a liberal Supreme Court judge.

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