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Democrats Will Try to Block Neil Gorsuch Confirmation

26 March 2017

But Republicans who control the Senate are expected to ensure Gorsuch reaches the bench, perhaps before the middle of April. "Schumer for several weeks now, I think it's pretty clear he's a no vote in search of a reason to vote that way", he said.

Addressing Republicans, Schumer said if Gorsuch "cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules". He added, "If a judge can't 60 votes, you don't change the rules, you change the judge or the nominee".

As the leading Democrat in the Senate, Schumer's opposition to Gorsuch isn't surprising, but going a step further and saying that he would vote against cloture was the loudest telegraph yet of potential Democratic plans for a filibuster.

Of course, there is one option Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has at his disposal.

Judge Neil Gorsuch is an extreme Supreme Court nominee who has consistently sided with powerful interests over the American people.

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.

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Feinstein noted that Merrick Garland, Obama's Supreme Court nominee who the Republican-led Senate a year ago refused to consider for confirmation, also earned the ABA's highest rating.

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.

He pushed even harder in that direction in his interview with Politico. Schumer said the hours of questions and answers left him unimpressed.

Wednesday was the third and last day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's marathon confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch.

While Senators come and go, the 49-year-old Gorsuch could serve on the Court for thirty or forty years, deeply distorting the law. "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".