More Democratic senators voice opposition to Trump's Supreme Court pick

"Will that really benefit anybody?" asked Democratic Sen. "After considering his record, watching his testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee and meeting with him twice, I will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court", Manchin released in a statement. Catherine Cortez Masto is planning to join at least 33 fellow Democrats in opposing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schumer, of NY, had tough words for his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in an interview with The Associated Press. "The requirement that you need to reach across the aisle is a good thing".

But energized liberal activists, still smarting over the way Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, are threatening primary challenges next year against Democrats who don't oppose Gorsuch.

Hatch's comments came the same day Republicans began a major push to get Gorsuch confirmed. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he would not support a proposal to block debate unless Gorsuch has 60 votes in the Senate, according to Roll Call. Although McConnell has yet to formally announce plans to take the step, Republican senators fully expect it and are prepared, even if regretful.

Democrats eliminated the filibuster for most appointments in 2013 when they controlled the Senate, but left the rule intact for Supreme Court justices. "That is bunk." He claimed that Trump should produce a more mainstream nominee instead.

"So, they move it to 51 votes, and they confirm either Gorsuch or they confirm the one after Gorsuch", she continued. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Wednesday he would support a change in Senate rules - the so-called "nuclear option" - to make sure Gorsuch is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

While 38 percent said they have seen, read or heard "some" about Gorsuch's nomination, 36 percent said they had either heard "not much" or "nothing". Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, declared his opposition to Gorsuch nearly immediately after the president's official announcement on January 31.

GOP senators need eight Democratic votes to overcome a threatened Democratic filibuster and confirm Gorsuch, the newspaper said.

To overcome a filibuster, Judge Gorsuch needs 60 votes.

Republicans say they are ready to change the rules of the filibuster if the Democrats prevent Gorsuch's confirmation vote from happening.

"It is obviously a really hard situation", McCaskill told reporters.

The Star obtained the recording from a person connected to the Missouri Republican Party.

Duckworth says Gorsuch has not made any effort to meet with her in person to answer "the serious questions I have about his record", her statement reads.

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