Democratic Senator Manchin says backs Gorsuch for Supreme Court

If Gorsuch has earned so little bipartisan support that he can not get the support of 60 senators (as all six successful nominees of the past three presidents were able to do), Mitch McConnell is threatening to change the Senate rules to allow Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed by party-line majority votes.

George Will beat me to my idea for today's Thought of the Morning with a column about the Senate filibuster based on a recent talk by Rep. Tom McClintock, who argued in Hillsdale's Imprimis that what we should do is go back to the old way of doing filibusters. "I'll have conversations, but I'm not optimistic".

"Just as I did when Merrick Garland was nominated, I met with Judge Gorsuch and evaluated his qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court".

That means Gorsuch would need support from at least 8 Democrats to advance to a final vote. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Chris Coons of Delaware. Chris Coons of DE told MSNBC's Morning Joe. Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona said he's also participating in talks. Maria Cantwell will oppose confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Those 14 senators agreed to filibuster nominees only in extraordinary circumstances.

"Whether it is ruling against children who want an equal opportunity to get a quality education or women who want access to health care, Judge Gorsuch often fails to take into account the human face behind each case", Peters said.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona usually played a role in those deals.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on April 3.

The opposition raises the prospects of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., taking the politically charged step of changing Senate rules to get Gorsuch confirmed.

Current Senate rules require the chamber to hold a procedural vote closing debate on a nomination or piece of legislation.

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Sixty senators would have to vote in favor of confirming Gorsuch's nomination.

"If they're so quick to change the rules this time, they'll be quick to change them next time", Schumer, of NY, said at a news conference. Both Murray and Cantwell were in the Senate in 2006, when Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said he's concerned about the potential for a slippery slope. "And it's going to be easy as hell for to get him through or her through".

The Judicial Crisis Network announced the buy Thursday. The polarization of the Senate will only worsen, Graham said.

First, he urged Republicans to delay a vote on Gorsuch because of the ongoing investigation into potential ties between Trump officials and Russian Federation. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada came out against his nomination earlier and insisted "in refusing to meet with me, he has disrespected our nation's founding principles and pillars core to our democratic institutions".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week that Democrats would filibuster the nomination.

"The American people have no idea who is so aggressively advocating for your confirmation, or why", the letter says.

  • Larry Hoffman