McCain, Flake signal support for Gorsuch's nomination to Supreme Court

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30 March, 2017

The judiciary panel will vote in the next two weeks to recommend Gorsuch to the full Senate.

"We did not get any real answers to any real questions about what he thinks about the law and why", he said.

Trump has called on Senate Republicans to change the long-standing rules in order to allow a simple majority vote on confirmation if Democrats mount a filibuster.

But Murray said that she can't support Gorsuch because of his stance on reproductive rights, his "anti-worker record", and because she doesn't trust Trump.

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.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of confirmation hearings this week, including two days questioning Gorsuch. That - someone who believes only the people, not the courts, can change the Constitution - is precisely the type of Supreme Court justice we Americans need. As Schumer said in his floor speech Thursday, the Senate's decision "will echo through the lifetime tenure of that Judge-through a generation of Americans".

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What this filibuster mongering appears to be really about is bad feelings over the refusal by Republicans past year to act on President Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland, who was also well qualified and more centrist than Gorsuch in his decisions.

Gorsuch is assured of support from the 52 Republicans. In the last 47 years of Supreme Court nominations - spanning the appointments of the 16 most recent justices - only Alito was forced to clear the 60-vote procedural hurdle to break a filibuster.

In order to successfully filibuster Gorsuch, Democrats must prevent him from receiving 60 "yes" votes, meaning that the GOP must convince eight Democratic senators to cross the aisle and vote with them. I will be voting NO on Judge Gorsuch and will oppose a cloture motion ending debate on his nomination.

It's one thing for a Democrat from a solidly progressive state such as NY to lead a "principled" filibuster effort, but it's quite another for a Democrat from a red-leaning state to oppose the well-regarded Supreme Court pick of a Republican president who gained the support of his constituents. "It's to change the nominee".

Graham said he hoped that they would not have to change Senate rules. Democrats expressed frustration about his refusal to answer questions on whether Supreme Court rulings favoring abortion, contraception and gay rights were correctly decided.

The Senate Majority Leader has given every indication that he's committed to confirming Gorsuch - even if he needs to abolish the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees to do so.


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