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Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) said that he isn't inclined to support a filibuster, but out of the nine Democrats who said that Gorsuch deserves a hearing and a vote, they're starting to fall into the "block Neil camp" rather fast. Sen. The Virginia Democrat told NBC News on Monday that Gorsuch's answers during his Senate confirmation hearing "were extraordinarily evasive".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would oppose the nominee and lead Democrats in filibustering the choice.

"After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his record and testimony, I can not support his nomination to serve on the Supreme Court", said Shaheen.

Since the defeat of Judge Bork in 1987, the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees has become bitter and brutal.

Trump nominated him to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

Once federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to take a seat on the Supreme Court, it will be only a matter of time until his vote, perhaps the deciding one, on a case puzzles those who support him now. But Senate GOP leaders could invoke the so-called nuclear option, rewriting the chamber's rules and leaving Gorsuch in need of just 51 votes. McConnell can't use the "nuclear option", a procedural move to kill the filibuster, until there is a floor vote on the cloture motion, and each Senator's vote is on the record. However, Gorsuch is completely qualified, moderate and does not deserve to be treated by democrats as anything but such.

It adds the Constitution also gives Senate Republicans the power to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. "One again, Democrats are threatening to break the rules of the order to change the rules of the Senate", he said.

"I think a judge on the supreme court should have to get 60 votes to demonstrate bipartisan support, because I think that is important to the credibility of the court", says Senator Kaine.

While 38 percent said they have seen, read or heard "some" about Gorsuch's nomination, 36 percent said they had either heard "not much" or "nothing".

CORKER: That means that every president who comes down the pike in the future knows that if their side's in the majority, they have no reason to appoint a Boy Scout like Gorsuch.

How exactly Gorsuch might be confirmed is unclear. And I'd remind the Majority Leader that he does not come to this with clean hands; he blocked Merrick Garland for over a year.

  • Salvatore Jensen