Lawmaker: Dems prepared to use 'every tool' to block Gorsuch

20 March, 2017, 18:04 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Neil Gorsuch

A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School past year, the judge told his class that employers, specifically law firms, should ask women seeking jobs about their plans for having children and implied that women manipulate companies starting in the interview stage to extract maternity benefits. All of his friendly meetings on the Hill will give way to tough questioning and bitter attacks from opponents.

Gorsuch, 49, President Donald Trump's first nominee to the nation's highest court, is a heavy favorite for confirmation given Republicans' 52-48 Senate majority.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing Democrats to obstruct the nomination.

And last week, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, a Democrat, co-signed a letter in support of Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

"Judge Gorsuch is exceedingly qualified to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court", said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the ACLJ. "The obstructionists are vowing to oppose this nominee because of his conservative judicial philosophy".

And in 2017, the Senate's Republican leadership has the option of changing the Senate's rules to allow a vote on Gorsuch to proceed to the full floor without a cloture vote by killing the filibuster, using tactics deployed by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2013.

Severino and her legal team have pored over the 3,000 cases Gorsuch has heard as well as the 200 opinions he has authored during a decade on the bench.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, will preside over the hearing for Judge Gorsuch Monday.

The nuclear option and the two-speech rule have never been invoked or used against a nominee for the high court, according to Bovard. Of the 30 successful confirmations since 1945, 13 of the votes, or about 43 percent, came when the President's party didn't control the Senate.

Gorsuch has met with 72 of the 100 senators, and is seen as having enough votes to secure nomination. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Jon Tester (Mont.).

A big question is if confirmed, how will conservative Neil Gorsuch change the make-up of the Supreme Court?

"I think Harry Reid made a grave mistake", Manchin commented.

Senate Democrats are facing pressure from the left to oppose Gorsuch.

"This is the most unique body in the world, the United States Senate". They believe Democrats should hold their fire in the expectation of another vacancy. That changes, so anybody that really respects this institution and understands the institution and the goal of it, this is the cooling part. "When we see that these networks are involved in funding far-left socialist agenda in Europe, including within some of our ally countries, we want the questions answered: why USA taxpayer dollars are being hijacked and ship overseas funding causes against what American hold dear".

JCN partners with approximately 50 national and state-based policy groups, including Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Veterans of America, and the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, to coordinate messaging on the looming confirmation battle and help them understand Gorsuch's record as a judge. "A Democratic filibuster will not succeed". Democrat Patty Judge, the former Iowa ag secretary and lieutenant governor, ran against Grassley past year, repeatedly saying: "I am the "Judge" Chuck Grassley can not ignore".

Multiple students report that Gorsuch discussed the topic of parental leave in the ethics class in which students were to think ethically about their professional behavior, but they differ on whether those discussions were problematic.

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