Democratic Senators Line Up To Support Gorsuch Vote
- Author: Annette Adams Feb 09, 2017,
Feb 09, 2017, 0:20
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch arrives for meetings with Senate members on Capitol Hill February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.
That same day, Democratic Sen.
Durbin contrasted his readiness to meet with Gorsuch to Republicans' refusal previous year to give a hearing to former President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. "If they keep working to paint Judge Gorsuch as a mouth-breathing bald eagle hunter, they'll embarrass themselves", says Sasse.
"Judge Gorsuch is a supremely qualified and thoughtful nominee", Sasse had said about Trump's nominee. The Alliance for Justice is preparing a report on Gorsuch's record, producing ads, making calls to Senators and organizing on the ground in states across the country.
This story is breaking and will be updated. "Republicans now might have to suffer a long battle over Gorsuch's confirmation because the same rationale that prevented a vote on Garland might slow his confirmation process".
The conservative group Judicial Crisis Network has pledged to spend $10 million to help confirm Gorsuch, and has already released $2 million in ads in Tester's home state of Montana, Donnelly's home state of in, and also Missouri and North Dakota, additional states where Trump won and Senate Democrats are running for re-election. Lastly, the Republican-majority Senate has enough votes to ensure Cabinet confirmations do not require bipartisan support. Heitkamp, for example, has already said she'll oppose a filibuster.
As People's Pundit Daily (PPD) explained after Mr. Obama nominated Judge Garland, the history of obstruction relating to nominations to the high court is heavily weighted toward Democrats. Republicans have a 52-48 majority, so at least eight Democrats will have to vote with Republicans. Republican senators paid no political price for their obstruction of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, and we can not now let Trump use the still-vacant seat to ensure a Court that rubber-stamps his administration's unconstitutional actions. With the opportunity, over the next four or eight years, to fill as many as three or four vacancies in the Court, President Trump has the potential to change, and nearly inevitably weaken, environmental law in ways that are hard to predict.
Of the 10 senators, Sherrod Brown of OH and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin have said they'll oppose Gorsuch, at least in a final vote.
Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri will meet with Gorsuch Wednesday.
I asked him about whether a Muslim ban could in concept be constitutional. A recent Google search of "Trump nominees unqualified" brings up 281,000 results, with Senate Democrats listing eight nominees they meant to target and delay.