Schumer Opposes Gorsuch, Urges Other Democrats to Vote No

Spicer says Senate Republicans did not filibuster, or try to block, a confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, the two justices that former President Barack Obama nominated to the nation's highest court.

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Though Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has effectively flown through his Senate confirmation hearings, the 10th Circuit Court judge might temporarily have his wings clipped by Senate Democrats.

While witnesses addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, announced that he would try to lead Democrats in blocking an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch. If Solomon were a Republican, Schumer would not vote to confirm him to traffic court.

Feinstein noted that Merrick Garland, Obama's Supreme Court nominee who the Republican-led Senate past year refused to consider for confirmation, also earned the ABA's highest rating and glowing evaluations.

Thursday marked the fourth and final day of the hearing. Gorsuch has met some important opposition, including from major Democratic players like Massachusetts Sen.

"But Judge Gorsuch didn't convince me that he would be an independent voice on the court".

A committee evaluating Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court contacted nearly 5,000 people nationwide who might have knowledge of his qualifications before unanimously giving him a well-qualified rating.

Senate Democratic Leader Schumer made it clear where this is going. "It is to change the nominee", he said. And conservative organizations are bankrolling ad campaigns aimed at pressuring vulnerable red-state Democrats to give Trump his man.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to get Gorsuch's nomination through the Senate. "If we're not careful, this can end up undermining the ability of our Supreme Court justices to do their jobs", Lee said. "I would hope Republicans would not go in the direction of a rule change on the Supreme Court". If lawmakers are unhappy with legal outcomes, Congress has the authority to change the law, Gorsuch pointed out.

The likely confirmation of Gorsuch, who much like Scalia is considered a strict originalist, would only restore the Scalia-era balance to the nine-justice court. "He said anyone who attacks courts is disheartening and demoralizing, which includes Donald Trump". Dianne Feinstein of California noted that Garland also received the bar association's top rating, yet did not even get a committee hearing.

  • Larry Hoffman