Sen. McCaskill to vote 'no' on Gorsuch, Missouri GOP reacts

A day after saying she was torn over the decision, Missouri Sen.

Nevertheless, Republican senators are fully prepared to take the step, blaming Democrats for forcing them into it by preparing to filibuster a well-qualified nominee.

In a direct appeal to her constituents, McCaskill argued that Gorsuch "does not reflect the promises that Donald Trump made to Missourians" to drain the swamp and "look out for the little guy".

Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Donnelly of IN also both represent strongly Trumpy states and are as yet undecided.

Several unidentified donors on the audio could be heard urging her to oppose Gorsuch, but others said they recognized the situation she was in.

"While I have come to the conclusion that I can't support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court - and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation - I remain very anxious about our polarized politics and what the future will bring, since I'm certain we will have a Senate rule change that will usher in more extreme judges in the future", she added. Nothing less than a vote by the full Senate should be constitutionally acceptable; anything less tarnishes the Senate and the Supreme Court.

"The Gorsuch situation is really hard".

McCaskill told donors that she would be "very comfortable voting against" Gorsuch because of what she perceived as Gorsuch's favoritism toward corporations in past rulings on the USA 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

McCaskill cited the judge's opinion in Transam Trucking v.

With McCaskill's announcement Friday, Democrats seem to be coalescing around Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's filibuster plans. McCaskill is up for reelection in 2018 and Donald Trump carried her home state by 19 points last fall, so she is one of the Democrats who appeared most likely to defect to his side, on cloture at least. "Montana Farm Bureau supports Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court because he respects the law and the Constitution as written".

The same group spent $7 million lobbying to block Garland's nomination by Obama. But if Democrats threaten a filibuster (which their leadership is leaning toward), Republicans would need 60 votes to overcome that. If they can, the unlimited debate enabled by the filibuster will end and an up-or-down vote will occur in which Gorsuch needs only a majority to prevail. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is expected to respond to a Democratic filibuster by unilaterally changing Senate rules to lower the threshold for Supreme Court justices from 60 votes to a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.

Johnstone said the Republican-led Senate's refusal to hold a hearing for a sitting president's nominee to the United States Supreme Court was unprecedented, creating a textured environment for Gorsuch. The Senate will never be the same - and neither will the Supreme Court. "And that is bad for the court and it is bad for the confidence in the court".

  • Leroy Wright