Sen. Maria Cantwell says she'll oppose Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

In order to confirm Gorsuch without changing traditional Senate rules, six of these would need to join the chamber's fifty-two Republicans and Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Democrats who have expressed their support for Gorsuch.

During the last few days of March there was a lot of buzz on Capital about whether enough Democrats would reject a filibuster against Gorsuch to let his nomination go through without a change in the chamber's rules.

Schumer spoke shortly after Sens. "And once I get those answers from his past decisions it will give me a pretty good indication how he's going to perform on the court, and then I will either vote for him or against him".

Conservative groups such as the Judicial Crisis Network and the National Rifle Association poured millions into ad campaigns urging McCaskill and other red- and purple-state Democrats to confirm Gorsuch, .

Dozens of Senate Democrats have said they would do so even if it means forcing Republicans to end a long-held Senate filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to allow for a confirmation vote on high court nominees. Although McConnell has yet to formally announce plans to take the step.

Schumer conducted back-to-back interviews with several major news outlets Thursday to argue that it will be the fault of Republicans, not Democrats, if the rules change happens.

Blumenthal said he would do everything possible to block Gorsuch's nomination "including use of the filibuster". "That is bunk." He claimed that Trump should produce a more mainstream nominee instead.

Heitkamp's statement also said her support of Gorsuch doesn't diminish how disturbed she was that Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

This is a really hard decision for me.

In a statement, Severino said that the Democrats "did the right thing" by "resisting the partisan calls for gridlock" around Gorsuch's nomination.

Whether they're willing to admit it out loud - in public - Democratic lawmakers are in a predicament over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch's Democratic opponents include Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) announced she would not support President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

"As I think you could tell from my line of questioning, I had some real concerns about just how far out of the mainstream his opinions are in a couple of different areas", Coons said.

McCaskill's comments came after The Kansas City Star released audio of her talking to donors over the weekend.

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.

  • Larry Hoffman