Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Schumer on record opposing Gorsuch nomination

In short, the Democrats have few cards to play, and several Democratic senators and their aides say that Schumer's filibuster announcement was an attempt to strengthen his hand in negotiations with McConnell. Perkins says Gorsuch minimized the education schools must provide disabled children.

"Judge Gorsuch's record indicates that he has the character, intellect, and experience to make an excellent addition to the U.S. Supreme Court", Toomey said in a statement.

"I don't believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania and indeed across the country and I will not support his nomination", Casey said. She said the committee contacted nearly 5,000 people nationwide who might have knowledge of his qualifications.

"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 votes - that they're trying to delegitimize President Trump", Graham continued. But Degan acknowledged that her team did not review materials released by the Justice Department covering Gorsuch's involvement with Bush administration controversies involving the interrogation and treatment of terrorism detainees, broad assertions of executive power and warrantless eavesdropping on people within the United States. That means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will have to round up 60 votes to proceed to a confirmation vote, including eight Democrats.

Democrats remain livid that Republicans a year ago killed former President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, without a hearing.

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That won't be easy, as Democrats Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Ed Markey of MA have already declared their opposition.

The New York Democrat also said he would lead a filibuster against appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch. He blasted Gorsuch for refusing to answer "question after question after question" in hearings this week.

On Thursday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation vote, which sets the stage for Republicans to use the so-called "nuclear option" to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority.

Schumer's position is no surprise; Democrats remain angry that Republicans controlling the Senate denied former president Barack Obama a hearing on his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died more than a year ago. In other words, Gorsuch's confirmation holds a lot of significance for both his future as well as that of the Congressional Democrats.

The panel will hear from the American Bar Association, which has already given him a unanimous "well qualified" rating, along with former colleagues and judges supporting him and advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign that have opposed him. But he did tell Sen.

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