Udall to oppose Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Harry Reid, changed the Senate rules to require a simple majority on most presidential nominees, but they left in place the supermajority requirement for Supreme Court nominees.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer said that Gorsuch "will have to earn" the 60 votes needed to overcome the Democrats' filibuster.

Nevertheless, Politico reports that a small group of Democrats want to strike a deal to confirm Gorsuch "in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump's term". In order to break the filibuster under normal means, eight Democrats would have to vote with Republicans to end debate on Gorsuch's nomination.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch, a Colorado native and judge on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, emerged relatively unscathed, with what could be a clear path to a seat on the nation's highest court. "I think it would be bad - forget the institution for a minute because that's important, but I think it would be really bad for the country", he added.

On Thursday, Schumer warned that they should focus instead on changing Trump's nominee.

Schumer struck back against the possibility of a rule change, the Post reports.

Asked about Schumer's plans at Thursday's press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer deferred to the Senate leader.

The best that Schumer and other filibuster advocates can come up with is that Gorsuch's judicial record suggests a "deep-seated conservative ideology".

As the Judiciary Committee opened its fourth and final day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, the spotlight turned to whether he gains the support of vulnerable Democratic senators facing re-election in 2018.

In his Senate remarks Schumer trotted out various bogus reasons for opposing Gorsuch, all of them easily lifted from Democrat political talking points and none of them having anything to do with the law: He "favors the powerful over the weak". If they can't, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans will have to decide whether to take the dramatic step of changing the vote threshold and essentially eliminating the filibuster. "My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same".

That maneuver, known as the "nuclear option", has received support from Trump.

  • Salvatore Jensen