Grassley Slams Schumer, Says Supreme Court Has Been 'Poisoned'
- Author: Archie Newman Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 1:28
"My vote will be 'no, ' and I urge my colleagues to do the same". "I disagree. As U.S. senators, we have an obligation to also examine a nominee's legal approach and ask whether he or she considers the impact of those decisions on our society and the daily lives of our people".
Two other Democratic senators, Thomas Carper of DE and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, said they would support the filibuster, the Post reports.
It is not clear that Democrats have the votes to block Gorsuch and to keep Republicans from changing the chamber's way of doing business.
The cynical calculation by the GOP to hold the seat open until the presidential election has kept the Supreme Court with only eight justices for over a year. He also wants to make sure the Senate sticks to the 60-vote rule for breaking filibusters of Supreme Court nominees.
Judge Gorsuch's qualifications have not been called into question at his hearing, but Democrats have been frustrated at his refusal to signal any stance on such emotive areas as gun control, abortion and employee rights. Hell, even the revelations of Gorsuch's prep-school "Fascism Forever" club didn't deter dead-set supporters. Top Democrat Chuck Schumer said Thursday he's planning to organize a filibuster of Gorsuch's nomination. Richard Blumenthal said he still hasn't decided whether or not he'll vote for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Republicans have the option to change the 60-vote rule to a majority of 51; i.e.
Among judges who have worked with him, U.S. District Judge John Kane praised Gorsuch's independence and cordiality.
He said he did not think Judge Gorsuch would be a mainstream judge.
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, which narrowly broke for Trump over Hillary Clinton in November, said Thursday he will not support Gorsuch, and his office confirmed to Morning Consult that he would not vote to end a filibuster on his nomination either. That change would exempt Supreme Court nominees from a procedural vote known as cloture, which ends debate on a subject and requires 60 votes to pass.
The Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, was among five senators to declare their opposition to Gorsuch Thursday, even before the Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination had ended. He added, "If a judge can't 60 votes, you don't change the rules, you change the judge or the nominee".
Another vote potentially up for grabs is that of Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Gorsuch's home state of Colorado.
During the hearings, Democrats deployed a number of strategies, starting with the complaint that the Supreme Court seat should already be filled by Judge Merrick Garland.