Sen. Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch's nomination

"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor, a day after Gorsuch finished marathon Judiciary Committee testimony.

Casey was asked for his reaction to the different tactics Democrats might use to delay the nomination, such as a filibuster that would require Gorsuch to reach 60 votes.

Republicans have a 52-48 majority, so at least eight Democrats and independents will have to vote with Republicans.

"I'm absolutely a yes vote for the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch", Toomey said in February.

Gorsuch did himself no favors in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, Schumer added. He also wants to make sure the Senate sticks to the 60-vote rule for breaking filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. "It is to change the nominee", he said. Short of that, Republican Senate leaders may trigger the so-called nuclear option, changing the rules to allow a simple majority to proceed.

Schumer acknowledged that a filibuster of Gorsuch could result in a wholesale change of Senate rules, including the elimination of filibusters on Supreme Court nominees. McConnell said he plans to hold a Senate vote before lawmakers are expected to head home for Easter recess on April 7. So, while Democrats can't block Gorsuch, they may be able to extract some concessions for their cooperation.

The move will force Republicans to find a supermajority of 60 votes to advance Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to a confirmation vote. Chuck Schumer, said today. Those senators include Democrats Tom Carper of Delaware, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

He also has made it clear that his decisions won't be made based on ideology but rather on the law. "McConnell what to do from here", Spicer said.

No Democratic senator has yet pledged to support the judge, although Sen.

Senators will hear Thursday from the American Bar Association, former colleagues and judges supporting Gorsuch, and advocacy groups such as the Human Rights Campaign that have opposed him.

It's almost certain President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will eventually be confirmed.

Democrats have expressed frustration with Gorsuch's testimony before the Judiciary Committee, in which he sidestepped most of their questions aimed at getting a sense of how he might rule on the high court. However, Gorsuch faced an uphill battle with Democrats from the beginning, partially because Obama nominee Merrick Garland never stood a chance after being blocked by the GOP, and so, the lines were drawn.

  • Larry Hoffman