Blumenthal Opposes Gorsuch, Will Support Democratic Filibuster
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 16:20
Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, said she will oppose Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
What happens in the Senate over the next several days could reverberate in future Supreme Court confirmation fights, and appears likely to make the process longer, nastier and even more political. The Russian cloud that's hanging over the Trump administration means there's no time like the present to go down swinging on the nominee of a pr*sident who's now under FBI investigation.
With Claire McCaskill now officially a no vote, Democrats need just five more senators to stand firm to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to either invoke the nuclear option and end the filibuster or incur the wrath of Trump.
Schumer argued that Gorsuch "did not convince people he was independent and thoughtful and down the middle" during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Cortez Masto also believes Supreme Court justices are of such importance that their confirmations should continue to require a high number of votes.
Republicans control the Senate 52-48. There's also another very important issue that came up in a very negative fifth circuit opinion dealing with the designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act that we really need to get before the court.
Unless 60 senators support Gorsuch, Republicans would have to change Senate rules to allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority vote in the Senate. It's an option McConnell has previously expressed little desire to do.
"If Democrats refuse to allow an up-or-down vote on Judge Gorsuch, as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has threatened, then there's no Republican nominee they won't filibuster".
Two Democratic senators facing re-election next year in pro-Trump states, West Virginia's Joe Manchin and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, announced this week they will support Gorsuch. "That's what I want, and I think that's what the majority of the senators will want as they confirm him".
Finally, McCaskill said Gorsuch's nomination betrays President Trump's promise to support working people and "drain the swamp" of special interests and lobbyists. The audio was obtained by the Kansas City Star from Republicans. Second, as a conservative taking Antonin Scalia's seat, Gorsuch does not change the ideological balance on the Court. It headlines: "Dem opposition to Trump court pick grows; Schumer warns GOP". Justice Anthony Kennedy, the pivotal vote closest to the court's center, is 80. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has negotiated resolutions during past eruptions over judicial nominations, said he thinks the rule change would be "bad for the Senate". Toomey said that he has no regrets about blocking Garland's nomination and that if voters had disagreed, they could have thrown out the Republican majority in the Senate and elected Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.