Graham signals support for nuclear option if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch vote

After two days of Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch - President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee - Democrats are declaring their opposition.

That is, of course, unless the Senate majority opts for the "nuclear option" and gets rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

In a speech in the Senate, Schumer cited the Gorsuch's "lack of candor" in the hearings and a "deep-seated conservative ideology".

"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Schumer said, citing concerns over Gorsuch's record on workers' rights and his degree of independence.

"Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who respects the rights of workers to be treated fairly instead of bowing to big business", began Sanders' statement.

Senate Democrats will try to block Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, their leader in the chamber, New York Sen. Gorsuch similarly wouldn't commit to a view on cameras in the Supreme Court, despite widespread support from senators on the Judiciary Committee.

"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", he said on the Senate floor.

Thursday's first witness, the American Bar Association, gave Judge Gorsuch its highest rating of "well qualified".

While in the minority, Democrats can filibuster the nomination.

Schumer has previously said his party will oppose any choice not considered "mainstream" by the Democrats.

President Trump has called on them to do so if necessary.

"I don't see any reason, as much as some would like to delay this particular vote on him, this is something that doesn't need to be affected by circumstances", Lee said.

There are 52 Republicans in the Senate.

"We find Senator Schumer's announcement truly disappointing because it breaks with the tradition of how the Senate has handled Supreme Court confirmation votes in modern times and represents the type of partisanship that Americans have grown exhausted of", Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said. Democrats would then lose their ability to filibuster future nominations when their chances of victory are greater or the nominee's qualifications are weaker.

"The impact of the Supreme Court on abortion access goes far beyond Roe v. Wade".

"Without engaging in hypothetical speculation about exactly what mechanism will be deployed here, I will say this very confidently, we're going to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed".

The Pennsylvania Democrat announced his decision to vote no, citing Judge Gorsuch's "hostility" toward the executive branch and his "rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy".

  • Larry Hoffman