Senate Democrats Plan to Filibuster Neil Gorsuch's Nomination
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 19:47
In 2013, in the face of Republican obstruction, then-Senate majority leader Harry Reid eliminated filibusters on lower court nominees while keeping it intact for Supreme Court nominees.
Lee said Gorsuch handled the fire well.
A committee of the American Bar Association evaluating Gorsuch came up with its highest rating of well-qualified, based on his integrity, professional competence and temperament.
Democrats are justifiably angered by the treatment of Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the Scalia seat.
Lee is having none of that.
On the final day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer voiced his blatant disapproval of the Colorado judge. Dianne Feinstein, who anxious that Gorsuch would vote to restrict abortion, that "no one is looking to return us to horse and buggy days". The partisan anchor failed to mention that McConnell's move goes against long-standing norms in the Senate. "For the first time in the history of the United States, the Senate refused to hold a hearing, refused to have a vote", he said.
But the issue is delicate: it opens up the possibility of Democrats, if they recover control of the Senate at some point in the future, also being able to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote.
Here in Florida, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Senator Marco Rubio are likely to split their vote along party lines. A PCCC-commissioned poll found that the most effective line of attack against Gorsuch is his anti-worker, pro-corporate record.
Republicans have vowed Gorscuh will be confirmed.
There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the Supreme Court, with the most senior member, Republican Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a swing vote.
"I think that we've heard Sen". "If they look at this judge on the basis of his record, I think what they're going to find is a honest judge who just wants to find the right answer under the law". If Gorsuch does not get the same support, "the answer isn't to change the rules". He added, "If a judge can't 60 votes, you don't change the rules, you change the judge or the nominee".
"Anybody who watched the Judiciary Committee hearing this week would have seen a nominee who has a command of the law, an independent voice, and a deep sense of humility".