Some senators in talks to avoid nuclear clash over Gorsuch

Senator John McCain said Thursday he is talking to Democrats in hopes of reaching a "long-term" deal to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court while saving the minority party's ability to block future high court nominations. Liberals both worry about Gorsuch's conservative record and remain upset Republicans refused to vote past year on Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to join the Supreme Court.

Throughout the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court pick, Democrats harped on the fact that Republicans would not give Garland a hearing.

The Hill pointed out she is up for re-election in 2018 and is viewed as vulnerable in a state where Trump won a year ago. These are valuable qualities Senate republicans appear to also agree on. 84% of Republicans and 54% of independents supported a fair up or down vote for Gorsuch, while only 31% of Democrats did.

"Today, we still know very little about Judge Gorsuch's core beliefs ... he has left us with substantial doubt", Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a statement, adding the judge had not been forthcoming with senators about his views on key issues.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other Republicans have said that Gorsuch will be confirmed "no matter what" - a threat to change Senate rules to do so. You can not vote for Gorsuch, ' " McCaskill said in the recording, which was verified by her office.

"Senators have a constitutional obligation to advice and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials", Manchin said.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48, meaning they need to win over eight Democrats to block a filibuster.

"Judge Garland didn't even get the opportunity to be filibustered, so let's not say this is unprecedented", Schumer said. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he would also vote in favor of nominating Gorsuch.

"Senate Republicans played politics at its worst with an honorable, deeply qualified jurist - arguably the most well qualified nominee in modern history - who had always been supported by Republican and Democratic senators for his unmatched experience", Heitkamp wrote.

Republicans accuse Democrats, and Schumer in particular, of playing politics by opposing Gorsuch.

"So, they move it to 51 votes, and they confirm either Gorsuch or they confirm the one after Gorsuch", she continued. The full chamber vote is scheduled for April 7.

Nevada's two USA senators are split on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. We're mad at them for shutting down the government.

  • Larry Hoffman