Filibuster threat over Gorsuch nomination doesn't sit well with Nebraska senator (AUDIO)
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 21:10
Sen. Deb Fischer, a Republican, has heard the threat from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY to filibuster President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
"I don't believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania", Casey said, expressing "serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch's rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy".
"His interpretation of the Constitution would further rig the system to expand corporate power at the expense of people". Currently, the Senate has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
Gorsuch has not written extensively on some of the most controversial issues facing the top court, and Democrats this week tried to pin him down, but mostly to no avail.
That is, of course, unless the Senate majority opts for the "nuclear option" and gets rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Since there are now 52 Republican senators in the mix, that means at least 8 Democrats must be wooed over to the Gorsuch side.
Key Democrats in the Senate have threatened a filibuster.
"If this nominee can not earn 60 votes", said Schumer "a bar met by each of President [Barack] Obama's nominees, and President [George W.] Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules-it's to change the nominee".
Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer called on Schumer to back down from the threat to filibuster Gorsuch.
The last attempt to filibuster a nominee was a Democratic bid to block a vote on Justice Samuel Alito, who was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005.
On Thursday, Schumer warned that they should focus instead on changing Trump's nominee. He said Gorsuch was not "a neutral legal mind, but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology".
Meanwhile, the Judiciary panel heard testimony from advocacy groups, former law clerks, and colleagues of Gorsuch in a final day of hearings.
The Republican-led committee is expected to vote on Gorsuch in coming days, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has advised a floor vote is expected before Easter.
Feinstein noted that Merrick Garland, Obama's Supreme Court nominee who the Republican-led Senate previous year refused to consider for confirmation, also earned the ABA's highest rating and glowing evaluations. Dianne Feinstein, who anxious that Gorsuch would vote to restrict abortion, that "no one is looking to return us to horse and buggy days".