Democrats Just Moved Closer to Filibustering Neil Gorsuch
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 18:06
"We will do what is necessary to confirm Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, yes", Sen. He further asserted that the nominee had answered questions from members of the Judiciary Committee in his recent hearings with "banalities and platitudes".
On Mar. 22, Gorsuch's ruling in the case of the autistic child was overturned by SCOTUS. "They don't do it at that end of Pennsylvania Avenue, and they shouldn't do it at this end, either", Gorsuch said.
"I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on the Senate floor Thursday morning.
Schumer said in remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday that he would vote against Gorsuch and urged his Democratic colleagues to support a filibuster of the nomination.
The judiciary panel will vote in the next two weeks to recommend Gorsuch to the full Senate.
"When you're given the kind of power that only nine people in our Republic have, I think it should be a much higher" threshold for confirmation than 50 votes, he said.
No doubt about it, Gorsuch is a more conservative nominee than Democrats would like.
Another vote potentially up for grabs is that of Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Gorsuch's home state of Colorado. Since there's no limit to how long a filibuster can last, Republicans could be waiting a long while before eight Democrats chose to join them.
All 54 Republican senators are expected to support Gorsuch's nomination, but it's unknown whether he can get the support of enough Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to clear the 60-vote hurdle.
Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate. Such a deal would be unenforceable, and Republicans who agree to it would come under extraordinary pressure from well-moneyed interest groups to break the deal if another vacancy should arise on the Court.
"I am not going to start to tell Sen". If they do, Republicans are threatening to employ the so-called "nuclear option," which would change Senate rules so that justices can be approved by a simple majority rather than 60 votes under current rules. Spicer said Trump, in light of Schumer's comments, would discuss Senate confirmation strategy with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. One of them is Judge John Kane, now a senior judge in the US District of Colorado, where Gorsuch lives.