Patty Murray To Vote 'No' On Gorsuch, Says She Doesn't Trust Trump
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 7:01
The "nuclear option" or Harry Reid rule, would allow the Republican control Senate to avoid a required 60 votes and go with a simple majority.
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer has said Gorsuch should have to get 60 votes to secure his confirmation, but it was unclear whether Democrats would remain unified and attempt to block a final vote, as liberal activists would like.
Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of OH and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, two other Rust Belt states carried by Trump, have also said they will filibuster Gorsuch's nomination. Democrats, who say they are better than Republicans, are rejecting Gorsuch because they are still mad that Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, insisting that the next president should make the nomination.
Schumer criticized Gorsuch on the Senate floor, saying he "almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak" and would not serve as a check on Trump or be a mainstream justice. Sen.
But it remains unlikely Democrats will be able to keep Gorsuch from the Supreme Court bench, since the GOP seems united on the judge and has the nuclear option in its back pocket.
After the hearing, the Judiciary panel is expected to vote in the next two weeks to recommend Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate. "His nomination will have a cloture vote".
Schumer argued that a Supreme Court nominee that can not win 60 votes does not deserve a lifetime position on the nation's highest court. Casey said the position should be held to a higher standard.
Nothing else matters in deciding whether he should become a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), and Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey (Mass.), who have already come out against Gorsuch.