Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Trump SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch

If Judge Neil Gorsuch is to be confirmed as the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he will likely have to survive a Senate filibuster.

"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

In a speech in the Senate, Schumer cited the Gorsuch's "lack of candor" in the hearings and a "deep-seated conservative ideology".

Schumer has previously said his party will oppose any choice not considered "mainstream" by the Democrats.

If the Democrats deny Gorsuch those eight votes, a more embattled scenario could unfold, with potential to change how the Senate handles Supreme Court nominees.

Several Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including senior member Dianne Feinstein, told Reuters they would not comment on whether they would support a filibuster attempt. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked earlier in the week.

The top US Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged a fierce partisan battle over Donald Trump's nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, saying he was unconvinced the judge would be an "independent check" on the president.

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Gorsuch received glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.

Udall noted, "Every recent Supreme Court nominee has received at least 60 votes either for cloture (a procedural vote that allows a final vote) or confirmation".

Fischer dismisses comparisons of Schumer's threat to action, or inaction, taken by Senate Republicans past year when they ignored President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. "And that's not right, and we would have to change the rules to have the Supreme Court like everybody else".

Justice Samuel Alito was the last Justice forced to clear the 60-vote supermajority in the Senate. "But Judge Gorsuch seems to favor the expansion of corporate power over individual rights", Reed said. Now, some key Senate Democrats are vowing to filibuster Gorsuch and fight until the bitter end.

And on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wouldn't deny that Trump was still pushing McConnell to use the dramatic measure.

  • Larry Hoffman