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Pro-Life Leaders: Neil Gorsuch 'Reminiscent of the Late Justice Antonin Scalia'

21 March, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Mae Harvey

Gorsuch, a federal judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, is a well regarded jurist who was easily confirmed eight years ago after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Where does Gorsuch stand on key issues like abortion, gay rights, and gun laws?

However, Republicans could change Senate rules to require only 51 votes to confirm Gorsuch - the so-called nuclear option.

The questioning of Gorsuch will begin on Tuesday, March 21st, with testimony by outside legal experts as well as the American Bar Association expected to follow. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) said Monday that he's "keeping an open mind" on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, calling him a "son of Colorado" with "a distinguished record of public service" and "outstanding integrity and intellect".

Advocates also cited cases related to employment accommodations, restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities, discrimination claims and other circumstances where they say Gorsuch took a narrow view of civil rights protections. Patrick Leahy is criticizing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch because of his support from conservative interest groups that the Vermont lawmaker called "anti-choice, anti-environment and pro-corporate".

Furthermore, in that same book, Gorsuch questioned whether the Supreme Court had any business defending any sort of unenumerated constitutional rights under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

When it was finally his turn to talk, a mild-mannered Gorsuch said he was "honored and humbled" to be before the Senate Judiciary Committee and extolled the values of consensus - even as he echoed the Republican's condemnation of activist judges who "legislate" from the bench.

In past hearings, the questions have centered around the nominee's legal qualifications, decisions as a judge, positions on political issues, interpretations of the Constitution, general legal philosophy and current legal controversies. He had voted for both the women to be put on the Supreme Court despite being appointed by Democrat President Obama because he felt they "had lived exemplary lives" and were "well within in the mainstream of judicial thinking on the left". Republicans including Congressman Bill Flores, who represents Waco, spent a good deal of time the past several years talking about restoring the Constitution's Article I powers to where Congress passes the laws and the president and his agencies administer them with a certain latitude in setting down actual rules.

Mr Gorsuch is seen as controversial for a variety of reasons. "I'm deeply disappointed that it's under these circumstances that we begin our hearings". Schumer said last week that he did not think Republicans wanted to go that route.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, suggested Gorsuch should disregard Democrats' attempts to draw him out on individual topics. However, Republicans may not be able to get enough Democratic votes to move forward on the nomination.

In his opening statement, Grassley alluded caustically to Democrats' complaints about judicial independence in the Trump era.

Ms Perry said it is a "comforting thought" for those who oppose his appointment because at least they know what they are getting.

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