Judge Gorsuch and the corpse flower

The federal judge appeared nonplussed by the Democrats' comments and the perpetual Garland shadow that hung over the first day of testimony.

Democrats repeatedly raised questions about past Gorsuch rulings, including Feinstein and Sen. "That power is retained by the people, acting through their elected representatives", the Iowa Republican said before arguing the Obama administration tried rewriting federal laws "dozens of times".

"When a nominee is a sitting judge, they tally the winners and losers in his past cases and do the math".

In her opening remarks, Sen.

Instead, he has said he would continue reviewing Gorsuch's record and would "closely follow his answers" at the Judiciary Committee hearing before a final decision on his vote.

Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday for Neil Gorsuch. Both of Colorado's senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet, agreed with the late Justice Antonin Scalia that California does not count as the West, and that it is important for the Supreme Court to be "geographically diverse".

"Many probably believe that they have no choice but to try to manufacture attacks against Judge Gorsuch, whether they want to or not, just to preserve their own political future and protect themselves from primaries back home", Cruz said.

As a lifetime appointee, he would be one of nine justices who have the final legal word on numerous most sensitive USA issues, from abortion to gender to gun control to workers' rights.

The Colorado judge was introduced, as is customary, by his home state's senators.

The Texas senator also celebrated Gorsuch's legal credentials and the approach he brings to the bench during the hearing.

"So I hope this confirmation hearing focuses on the one person before us", Tillis said.

Blumenthal said he would hold Gorsuch to the same standard on Roe v. Wade, which set a precedent establishing abortion as a fundamental right, and gun control laws.

We will be monitoring and reporting on the confirmation process as it proceeds.

He began with a recollection of when President Barack Obama's court nominees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, were up for confirmation.

Hatch spent the past two months making the case for Gorsuch in speeches on the Senate floor, town halls meetings, and national and local media appearances.

"Your nomination is part of a Republican strategy to capture our judicial branch of government", Durbin told Gorsuch sternly.

Republican Chuck Grassley, the committee's chairman, said the panel is likely to vote on the nomination on April 3, with the full Senate vote likely soon after.

Now, Democrats say the previous year amounts to a Republican attempt to pack the courts with politically conservative appointees. Graham urged his Democratic colleagues to give Gorsuch the same deference.

  • Leroy Wright