Democrat, Republican weigh parties' strategies in Gorsuch confirmation chess match

Darin HammondMar 30, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked earlier in the week.

"In a statement released Friday, Reed said he is concerned that Gorsuch's "pro-corporate tendencies" would make justice hard for workers and consumers".

Two other Democratic senators, Thomas Carper of DE and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, said they would support the filibuster, the Post reports.

Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate. 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.

"[Gorsuch] is someone who nearly instinctively favors the powerful over the weak, corporations over working Americans", Schumer concluded, referencing the now-infamous of the freezing truck driver.

If Mr Gorsuch did not get 60 votes, "the answer isn't to change the rules, it's to change the nominee", Mr Schumer said.

If Republicans are intent on putting Gorsuch on the bench at all costs, the only way to avoid invoking what is known as the nuclear option would be to convince eight Democrats to vote in favor of the procedural move.

Democrats spent three days prodding Gorsuch on everything from his own record to how Republicans treated Merrick Garland past year to his political opinions on issues that could come before the court. Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch might escape serious resistance from Democrats in the Senate in his confirmation may have been stamped out Thursday by the party's top leader in the chamber.

"I have made no final decision [but] these. days of hearings have deeply disturbed me, because Neil Gorsuch has been even less forthcoming than I expected", said Blumenthal, who sits on the committee.

Republicans could then revert to a simple majority in a "nuclear option". Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer was one of those five, and he also said Democrats would try and block the nominee.

Bob Casey has joined the chorus of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. "If Judge Gorsuch is confirmed, there could be grave consequences for women's lives and health for decades to come", said Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, in a statement Thursday. "But I just don't think that's what a life in the law is about".

"I hope that we can get 60 votes and not change 200-plus years of history, but I will do whatever's necessary, but I've been a pretty balanced guy and enough is enough", Graham said.

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