These Are the Democrats Voting Against Neil Gorsuch
05:47, Mar 30, 2017
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"We are optimistic that [Dems] will not be successful in keeping this good man from joining the Supreme Court real soon".
"I'm going to base my decision on him, input from Montanans, and what his opinions are", said Sen. Republicans are just as determined to confirm him. That wouldn't even get to the filibuster with Justice Garland. Numerous 39 percent who care about this are probably activists who reaaaaally care about it and will act accordingly if Schumer disappoints them. Schumer, at the time, said that Democrats would "much prefer the risk of up-or-down votes" when it comes to majority rule than the risk of total obstruction. But people didn't care - at least not the ones who could help Democrats win elections - and the strategy was quickly abandoned. Under current Senate rules, that would take 60 votes.
The votes really might not be there. But even if Republicans are unable to get to 60 votes on the procedural measure, which is known as cloture, they could simply change the rules in the Senate to lower the number of votes required to move forward on Gorsuch's nomination.
"Feel no guilt", McConnell said, according to attendees.
Schumer pointed out in his floor speech that Gorsuch repeatedly said during his hearings there are no Republican judges or Democratic judges. He would only need a simple majority on that final vote. Four in 10 voters (42 percent) said they thought he would make the Supreme Court more conservative, while just 2 in 10 said his presence would maintain the status quo. Liberal Justice Ginsburg is an 84-year-old two-time cancer survivor.
He broke 230 years of precedent by instituting a new policy of refusing a president's Supreme Court nominee last year. "It's because he failed to convince 60 Senators that he belongs on the Supreme Court". It's always been called the nuclear option for a reason - because neither party's been willing to do it. Maybe. We can't be sure.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell certainly isn't one to be plagued by guilt.
Republicans are still waiting to hear from some of the targeted Democrats, like Tester, Sen.
Lee said his party wouldn't be doing anything Democrats didn't already do in 2013.
The case that Democrats most object to is the one Niel Gorsuch had nothing to do with - the Republican-led Senate blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland, by President Obama. As Mike Lee put it at a pro-Gorsuch rally today, "It's quite clear that if he isn't qualified, then nobody is". "And if you filibuster a judge like this it's obvious then that you'd filibuster anyone".
If New York Democrat Schumer breaks with tradition and pushes to filibuster, it may not end well for those wishing to avoid going "nuclear". That's what Linker's anxious about.
Casey has said the Supreme Court has moved too far right under Chief Justice John Roberts, favoring corporate interests over working Americans, and he thinks Gorsuch would share that view. Democrats need 41 votes against the nominee to uphold a filibuster. That'll be hard, filibuster or no. Tester said he is still taking feedback from Montanans. That's a little more than half of the Democratic caucus.
Sen. Susan Collins told CNN's Ted Barrett that she hoped the Democrats will withdraw the filibuster threat.
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I will say this: "It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination", Trump said at the time. Gorsuch said several cases in which he had ruled for corporations over workers "don't represent the body of my work".
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