Gorsuch filibuster would be good for Democrats
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 13:50
That rule change, or the so-called nuclear option, would eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, and allow Republicans, who hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, to confirm Gorsuch in an up-or-down vote McConnell has planned for Friday.
That sets up a showdown later this week that will likely lead to a reinterpretation of Senate rules, so that the nominations of Supreme Court justices can be advanced with 51-vote majorities, rather than the preliminary 60-vote threshold that has long applied to high court nominations.
Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from DE, announced Monday he would join 40 other Senate Democrats planning to oppose Gorsuch, ensuring that Republicans will not have the 60 votes necessary to proceed with the Supreme Court nomination.
The conservative Judicial Crisis Network, which helped block President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland past year, has been airing costly TV and radio ads in Indiana, Missouri and other pro-Trump states for Gorsuch.
Warren and Edward Markey are among the 41 Democrats who have signed on to filibuster Gorsuch. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. When the Democrats were in the majority, they removed the 60-vote threshold for nominees to federal benches lower in the judicial system than the Supreme Court.
That's just one shy of the number needed to stop the nomination under current Senate rules.
The Supreme Court was exempted as part of a deal bringing along Democrats reluctant to change the rules.
Schumer made the comments Monday after Democrats secured the votes to block the nominee.
'Unfortunately based on Judge Gorsuch's record at the Department of Justice, his tenure on the bench, his appearance before the Senate and his written questions for the record, I can not support this nominee, ' she told the committee.
Democrats have accused Gorsuch of being insufficiently independent of Trump, evading questions on key Supreme Court rulings of the past including on abortion and political spending, and favoring corporate interests over ordinary Americans.
In addition to Gorsuch, the Judiciary Committee is considering two other nominations - Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general and Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general. Republicans on the committee are expected to send Gorsuch's nomination to the full Senate after a lengthy series of speeches.
Count us among critics who felt Bennet should have confronted Democratic leadership from the outset to stave off the expected effort to derail the Gorsuch vote. In other words, despite the clear intent and language of the law to educate students, Gorsuch again twisted the law to say that warehousing these children is fine.
Graham spoke at a press conference Monday afternoon following the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote advancing Judge Gorsuch's nomination.
"If Democrats get their way, and I know the numbers are looking that way, this is going to be the first successful filibuster of a nominee to join the Supreme Court, which is clearly unprecedented". "I am not inclined to filibuster", Leahy told VTDigger.org last week, "even though I'm not inclined to vote for him".
Taking her turn next, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's top Democrat, criticised Gorsuch's record on workers' rights and his reluctance to answer questions.
Another Democrat who vowed to vote no was Sen.
Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, announced last week she will be taking a position in the White House.