Schumer warns against rule change for Gorsuch

McCaskill, who is up for re-election in 2018, has faced intense pressure to confirm Trump's pick, especially in her home state, where Trump won by 19 points.

"We need to know if Judge Gorsuch will serve as an independent check on the executive and legislative branches".

Schumer, the New York Democrat, has vowed to block Gorsuch's nomination on Monday - and two other party members, Sens.

Duckworth, a combat veteran of the Iraq war who was first elected to the Senate in 2016, cited in a statement the refusal of Gorsuch to meet her as one key reason for her vote.

From impressing many Senate Democrats in one-on-one meetings to unanimously earning the American Bar Association's highest rating, Judge Gorsuch has earned bipartisan support, underscoring how well-respected he is as a jurist and as a person.

"Judge Gorsuch is incredibly qualified, he has a sterling record, he was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals", the President said, making his case to the nation as a showdown over Senate cloture rules draws closer. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced he would support a filibuster on Tuesday. NARAL has endorsed McCaskill in the past.

There may come a time when a nomination by Trump or some other President of a strongly conservative judge to a seat now held by a liberal or moderate justice would tip the balance of the Court.

"Just days ago, McCaskill was caught on tape saying that she was "uncomfortable" with the filibuster strategy that she now plans to join".

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There's even a possibility that North Korea could conduct a sixth nuclear test during Trump and Xi's summit. He said that hadn't happened "over different dialogues and offers over the course of four administrations".

Claire McCaskill of Missouri. She said she hoped Democrats could "try to figure out a way to hold onto 60". "He has frequently sided with employers over employees and favored corporate interests over public interests", Cantwell said in a statement Thursday.

Trashing the filibuster over a single nominee would be doing a judge of Gorsuch's caliber - and the nation - a awful disservice.

She said that "Donald Trump promised Missourians that he would look out for the little guy, for working people, for the forgotten". This judicial nomination breaks those promises.

McCaskill's announcement Friday drew swift condemnation from Republicans.

Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Democrats who face re-election in states that voted for Trump previous year, said they would vote for Gorsuch.

"But ultimately, each senator is going to make up their own mind on this issue", she said.

One of Trump's finalists, U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor, was described by one Slate writer as a "a bomb-throwing culture warrior and Republican politician in robes". Its decisions must ensure that the rule of law is preserved for real people, and that our Constitution continues to protect us from overreach and tyranny.

Seven Democrats and one independent, Angus King of ME, who usually votes with them, have not yet announced their position. Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia also announced Thursday that he will vote in favor of Gorsuch.


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