Grassley discusses courtroom cameras with Supreme Court nominee

Posted March 26, 2017

Currently, republicans control 52 seats in the senate. Schumer said Gorsuch failed to convince him he would be "an independent check on a president who has shown nearly no restraint from executive overreach" or that he would be a neutral justice "free from the biases of politics and ideology".

Schumer said that Senate Democrats weren't impressed by Gorsuch, and he warned that it is going to be hard for him to get 60 votes.

The prior change in the Senate voting rules did not apply to nominees for the Supreme Court or to enactment of legislation. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. "It's to change the nominee".

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Reed is the 13th Senate Democrat to publicly oppose Gorsuch's nomination, according to The Hill's whip list.

"Democrats should reject any deal that allows Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court".

As of this writing, Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey are the only Democratic senators who have publicly committed to opposing Gorsuch.

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But if Schumer manages to stop the nomination via an early April filibuster vote, it could force Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to try to get Gorsuch through using the so-called nuclear option.

During the confirmation hearing, Democrats on the committee regularly expressed their anger that President Barack Obama's nomination for a post that was vacated 13 months ago was refused a hearing by Republicans. Expect the Democrats to filibuster every SCOTUS nominee that President Trump produces. He told Politico in January the "practice was that you didn't do it even though the tool is in the toolbox".

The questioning of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch continued Wednesday in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. With Gorsuch expected to tip the Supreme Court scales toward conservatives, Democrats are especially concerned about what Gorsuch will mean for a number of traditionally liberally causes, including women's reproductive rights. "I suggest we fulfill our responsibility to this nominee and the country by considering his nomination in the manner his predecessor deserved but was denied".

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