Sen. Claire McCaskill to vote no on Neil Gorsuch, cloture

Toomey previous year backed a Republican refusal to consider then-President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the high court seat left vacant by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

"I can not and will not support a nominee that allows dark and dirty anonymous money to continue to flood unchecked into our elections", McCaskill said. And if it's necessary for us to interview these two individuals, then we should do so, but I have to say I'm more than perplexed by how these materials have been put forward and the motivations behind it.

As of Friday morning, 37 of the 46 Democrats and the two independents who align with them in the 100-seat Senate have publicly announced opposition to Gorsuch.

Democratic Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Richard Blumenthal of CT and Brian Schatz of Hawaii came out against Gorsuch on Friday and backed a filibuster.

Most Democrats have said they would support blocking a confirmation vote using a procedural hurdle called a filibuster that requires 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote, although some want to avoid such a move.

"After careful consideration of Judge Gorsuch's record and testimony, I have decided that I will not support his confirmation to the Supreme Court, and I will oppose any and all efforts to advance his nomination".

That scenario is looking increasingly inevitable, even though it is known on Capitol Hill as the "nuclear option" because it would amount to a dramatic departure from Senate norms of bipartisanship and collegiality.

"I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court Justice". Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Thursday they would support Gorsuch.

"Donald Trump promised Missourians that he would look out for the little guy, for working people, for the forgotten".

She says Gorsuch was disrespectful in refusing to meet with her for several weeks.

"The answer is not to change the rules".

Senate Democrats are finding themselves under enormous pressure to close ranks for this unprecedented filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, first called for by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) last week.

Senate Republicans refused to consider Garland's nomination, arguing that the seat held by late Justice Antonin Scalia should be filled by the next president. That would set a bad precedent for Democrats when a conservative president, like Trump, would be in a position to nominate a judge to replace a liberal court justice, McCaskill said.

  • Larry Hoffman