Top Democrat Says 'No' To Neil Gorsuch Confirmation
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:48
"I have concluded that I can not support Neil Gorsuch's nomination", Schumer said on the Senate floor. He won't act as a "check on President Trump", as though this were the mission of a judge.
"Gorsuch is not a monk, but neither is he a missionary or an ideologue", Kane said. He is asking senators not to punish Gorsuch for doing so.
"I'm gonna go talk to him". If they don't get those votes, Republicans could still change Senate rules to ensure Gorsuch's confirmation. He will vote no and vigorously stated, "He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation".
He also stressed he'd be an independent voice, saying that "no man is above the law".
Schumer's remarks raise the probability of a potential democratic filibuster and a chance Republicans could try and change senate rules in order to confirm Gorsuch. He's calling on Schumer to abandon his plans.
Nevertheless, the Senate Democrats are under such pressure from the left that I am not optimistic that Mr. Gorsuch will get any votes from anyone with a "D" next to their name.
After two days of answering senators' questions, Gorsuch was not present on Thursday as he was alternately praised for his independence and intelligence, and criticized as a threat to working people, the environment, children with disabilities and national security by those who testified before the committee. The support of eight Democrats would short-circuit a filibuster.
"Judge Gorsuch was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check on a president who has shown nearly no restraint from executive overreach", the minority leader noted. Perkins says Gorsuch minimized the education schools must provide disabled children.
He has simply said it is his duty to apply the law as it stands.
Several Judiciary Committee Democrats, including its top Democrat Dianne Feinstein, declined to comment on whether they would support a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked earlier in the week. He is not up for re-election next year and his state voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
This is where the "nuclear option" comes in: Republicans can change Senate rules to require only a simple majority to overcome a filibuster. Democrats failed to gather enough support and the Senate voted 72-25 to proceed to an up-or-down vote. "But Judge Gorsuch seems to favor the expansion of corporate power over individual rights", Reed said.
Udall, a former New Mexico attorney general, said controversies swirling around President Donald Trump factored into his decision to oppose Gorsuch, a Westerner who has drawn generally strong reviews for his intellect and courtroom demeanor. He blasted Gorsuch for refusing to answer "question after question after question" in hearings this week. Barack Obama past year nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing on the nomination.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer called Schumer's remarks "truly disappointing" and urged him to abandon the filibuster threat, saying it was the type of partisanship Americans have grown exhausted of. But he did tell Sen. Judge Gorsuch respectfully and skillfully explained the logic of both, particularly the application of RFRA by which the government can only burden religious expression if it can prove a compelling interest achieved by the least restrictive means.
On Thursday, the panel hears from the American Bar Association, which already gave him a unanimous "well qualified" rating.