Trump's olive branch: Offer Merrick Garland the next Supreme Court seat
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:39
"Most Americans question whether we need a Supreme Court justice with the vision of Donald Trump", commented Sen.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) slammed Sen. Since there aren't 60 votes in the Senate for Trump's nominee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have an interesting decision to make.
After stating in Thursday's confirmation hearings that he will not support Gorsuch, Schumer indicated to Politico in an interview that the nominee won't get the 60 votes needed from Democrats to avoid a so-called Senate filibuster, a delaying tactic used to block a measure by stopping it from reaching a final vote on passage.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer called on Schumer to call off the filibuster, saying "it represents the type of partisanship that Americans have grown exhausted of".
The GOP now holds 52 seats in the upper chamber, meaning they will likely have to win at least eight Democratic votes to confirm Gorsuch.
Udall echoed those concerns and said Gorsuch failed to win him over when the two met.
Conservative activists were targeting ten Democrats running for reelection in 2018 in states Trump won in the presidential election as possible "yes" votes for Gorsuch among Democrats. Joe Manchin, and with the help of Sen.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Judiciary panel is expected to vote in the next two weeks to recommend Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate. It comes at a time when Democrats have to balance the rabid anti-Trump tendency of their left wing base and the political reality at hand, which is that the party is ill-equipped to fight the Republicans on some of the big ticket items, especially the Supreme Court. The speakers included the father of an autistic boy whom Gorsuch ruled against.
The senator outlined his opposition to Gorsuch after meeting with him. "This should not be a partisan issue", Jaffer said.
Just a day earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court soundly rejected Gorsuch's decision in that case - welcome timing for Democrats who have been trying to build the case Gorsuch consistently rules against disadvantaged people and in favor of corporations.
Obama only had 54 federal judicial vacancies when he took office.