Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court

It would further transform the one chamber of Congress where minorities can block the agendas of the majority.

"So, they move it to 51 votes, and they confirm either Gorsuch or they confirm the one after Gorsuch", she continued.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last week that he would filibuster Gorsuch and since then more than a dozen fellow Senate Democrats have suggested that they would participate in the filibuster.

It remains unclear, however, whether an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch's nomination will even take place. "We want to get to 60". Are they willing to go four years without a Supreme Court confirmation? We'll see where that ends.

The use of the filibuster -- from a dutch word meaning "pirate" -- is not new.

This has left Republicans confident that Gorsuch will take his seat on the court with or without bipartisan support.

The Senate may be a week away from turning into the House. Or vote to block Gorsuch and prompt Republicans to permanently change Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster? The vote requires the support of 60 senators.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced his support for Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court Justice to NBC26 Wednesday. But that was complicated by allegations of ethics violations.

"He's bound and determined to change the rules and trample on Senate tradition" to get a conservative nominee approved, Schumer said of McConnell.

Democrats have signaled increasing resistance to President Trump's first Supreme Court pick. And we're not headed in a good direction.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona usually played a role in those deals. In 2013, Democrats were in the majority under the leadership of Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota.

Heitkamp noted that President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, was refused a hearing by GOP senators after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama -- once a constitutional scholar - spoke about his candidate at the University of Chicago in April 2016.

Today's threat to the filibuster is a byproduct of the divisive, nasty, highly partisan politics of our time. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, both of whom have said they will not vote for the judge.

One of the likely targets Republicans were hoping to court was Sen.

When Trump unexpectedly won in November, the Republican's strategy paid off. "On the Republican side, it would be hard to find a better candidate, OK?"

Changing the Senate rules would not be unprecedented.

Will Senate traditionalists buy into it?

"I also focused on the judge's approach to campaign finance law", she said. They're mad at us about Gorsuch.

"It reflects a sensible understanding of the system of separation of powers, and it would be a form of statesmanship", he wrote.

To date, none of the Senate's Democrats have come out in favor of Gorsuch's confirmation.

Here is the list of the Democrats now supporting a filibuster. "That is bunk." He claimed that Trump should produce a more mainstream nominee instead.

"I'm telling my Democratic colleagues; if you do not allow an up or down vote on this guy..."

He noted that Gorsuch, who is now a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, has received praise from Democrats and Republicans.

Altering those rules would give the majority more power, regardless of which party holds it in the future.

  • Leroy Wright