The fight over Trump's Supreme Court pick might go 'nuclear'

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said on Wednesday: "I plan to stand up for individuals over corporations and oppose his nomination, and I will insist that his nomination meet a traditional 60-vote threshold". It fuels their resistance toward the new administration, and against this Supreme Court nominee. If Gorsuch fills the spot, the Supreme Court's balance won't change. "I was hopeful that the president would have selected someone like Merrick Garland".

Pence said the order fulfilled a campaign pledge by Mr. Trump to "implement extreme vetting" on immigrants attempting to enter the country. "I can not support any nominee who does not recognize that corporations are not people". When it comes to the future of American law and polarizing issues like abortion, they are certain to fight to the last ditch.

"It's really important we have a mainstream nominee, and the way to do that is to require a super-majority vote, as we have now", Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said Monday.

Pryor also joined a 2011 ruling favoring a transgender woman who said she was sacked when she transitioned from male to female. I'm not qualified to speak to his decision-making as a judge, but I think it would be hard to find fault with the person.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, did not respond to a request for comment. "You can't have a rule that only Republican presidents get to appoint Supreme Court justices and the Democrats have to accept whoever the Republican puts up". In remarks prior to Gorsuch's Senate approval to be a USA circuit judge in 2006, Salazar observed the jurist had demonstrated a "dedication to fairness, impartiality, precedent, and the avoidance of judicial activism". Labeling his record as "anti-choice", the group also highlighted Gorsuch's role in the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, which exempted some employers from being required to provide insurance coverage for contraception. "I hope the Senate quickly approves this nomination".

Abortion: He has not spoken out about Roe v Wade, the case which legalised abortion nationwide in 1973, making in hard to pin down where he stands on the issue. Justices named to the Court serve for life.

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"While I do not know Mr. Gorsuch well, I have had the chance to visit with him and learn about both his personal background and his professional experience", Salazar said at the time. So while Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might abhor trashing tradition, he might have no choice but to use his power to end the filibuster altogether.

And Gorsuch's admiration of Scalia's conservative, literal interpretation of the Constitution as written by the Founders bodes well for the base of the Republican Party.

As such, the GOP is now anxious Trump's nomination will be blocked by Democrats, with some keen to make it as hard as possible to get Gorsuch confirmed, The Hill reported.

"We believe he'll get the same level of consideration" that Supreme Court nominees received in President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama's first terms in office, Pence said.

This is a sore spot for the Dems and that's going to matter going forward because Gorsuch now has to fill out an intensive questionaire, meet with senators and then finally face 20-member Senate Judiciary Committee for televised hearings.

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