'Please do': Dems want to filibuster Gorsuch? Good luck with that!
Apr 01, 2017, 01:44
If my Democratic colleagues choose to filibuster this guy, then they will be telling me that they don't accept the election results-306 Electoral [College] votes-that they're trying to delegitimize President Trump.
But the Senate's Republican leadership could adopt a rule change allowing a vote that would only require a simple majority of the chamber.
"It's been the tradition in the United States Senate not to filibuster nominations for the Supreme Court", Fischer tells reporters during a conference call. Many have indicated they may filibuster the appointment when it comes up for a full Senate vote - which is essentially a stall measure that drags out the process. Nominated to fill the seat held by the late Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch is eminently worthy of approval by the Senate.
We're now on day four of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as witnesses testify about his judicial career. Fischer counters that prominent Democrats had declared they would not consider any Supreme Court nominee made by President George W. Bush if a vacancy occurred in the last year-and-a-half of his presidency.
Democrats are getting a lot of pressure from their base to vote no on Gorsuch in part because of the way Republicans treated Garland.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer said Gorsuch "will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation", setting up a showdown with Republican leaders who may attempt to change Senate rules.
Top Senate Republicans said they would do what they needed to do to get Gorsuch through to the bench.
"I don't believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania", Casey said, expressing "serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch's rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy".
"For the life of me, I really don't know" what Gorsuch's stance is on the pivotal issue, Sen.
The judge is "not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology", he said.
Chuck Schumer said he would lead a filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
But Republicans have the option of going nuclear, or changing the long-standing precedent for confirmation of presidential nominees and reducing the minimum number of votes required from 60 to a simple majority of 51. Republicans have just 52 seats in the Senate, but Democrats will have to maintain strong party discipline to pull it off.
This week, Judge Neil Gorsuch sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he eloquently and graciously handled a barrage of harsh and overtly political questioning from Democratic Senators. He would need eight to beat the filibuster.
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