Things to Know About the Neil Gorsuch Hearing

But to endure, our system of self-government requires judges to apply the text of our laws as the people's representatives enacted them, Grassley says. "The Democrats are committed to opposing him".

Since Judge Scalia's death, the court has split 4 to 4 on a handful of cases.

Sisk wrote that a few students raised their hands affirmatively when asked if they knew women who'd used companies for maternity benefits, but that Gorsuch prodded the class to agree that they knew women who'd manipulated companies in such a way. If I thought that were true I'd hang up the robe. Still, senators' opening statements Monday showed a deep partisan divide over the role of the Supreme Court in American society.

At the same time, Grassley tries to head off expected Democratic arguments that Gorsuch often ruled in favor of corporate plaintiffs.

As he introduced Gorsuch to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday for confirmation hearings, Bennet heartily praised Gorsuch and admonished Republicans for blocking the confirmation of President Obama's nominee a year ago.

He also referenced a line from Gov. Earl K. Long, who once said about the state's then-attorney general: "If you want to hide something from Jack Gremillion, put it in a law book".

Judging from some letters we received and published throughout 2016, a driving motive behind the quest for Republican victory was the fear Hillary Clinton as president would upset the balance of power on the U.S. Supreme Court, tilting it to the left, possibly for a generation or more. "I'm deeply disappointed that it's under these circumstances that we begin our hearings". That freezing night was "not as cold as your dissent, Judge Gorsuch", Democratic Sen.

"At that point Judge Gorsuch became more animated saying, "C'mon guys".

"Something is seriously wrong when the confirmation process for a Supreme Court justice resembles an election campaign for political office", said Hatch, who has served on the committee for 40 years and participated in 14 high court confirmation hearings.

Scalia's seat has been vacant for 13 months because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chose to block a hearing for Garland, saying that the next president should name the late justice's successor. Get the first full month free when you sign up by going to

The statement kicked off a day of opening statements - and opening statements only - as a kind of appetizer for the main course on Tuesday, when Gorsuch will endure 30-minute rounds of questions from the 20 committee members. "We need Senate Democrats to filibuster this nomination and demand a nominee who represents the mainstream values of our country". "Some of my colleagues seem to have rediscovered an appreciation for the need to confine each branch of government to its proper sphere". Dianne Feinstein said in her opening remarks as the top Democrat on the committee. "I didn't believe it", said Sen.

Gorsuch's multi-day confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET on Monday.

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.

  • Leroy Wright