Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster


The Democrats sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee completely lifted the veil off their bias on Thursday when they tweeted the following ahead of day four of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings.

Polls show more Americans support than oppose Gorsuch's nomination, though many have no opinion.

Among recent Supreme Court nominees, President Barack Obama's choices of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan each received more than 60 votes. But Schumer's announcement is likely to further politicize an already divided Congress.

Another witness was Jeff Perkins, father of an autistic son who Gorsuch ruled against in 2008 in a special-education dispute using legal reasoning repudiated by the Supreme Court in a related case on Wednesday. "And that's not right, and we would have to change the rules to have the Supreme Court like everybody else".

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If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky approves the nuclear option, only a majority of votes would need to confirm Gorsuch versus the current 60.

Gorsuch said in his opinion that he "sympathized" with the family in his case, but was "constrained" by the law and prior interpretations.

"But I want you to know that I am not going to play the game where they get everything they want and we never get anything".

Val DiGiorgio, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, said in a statement that Casey has "aligned himself with the far left" and is "directly disrespecting the will of Pennsylvania votes" by opposing Gorsuch's nomination.

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In 2013, Democrats angered by GOP resistance to Obama's nominees changed the chamber's rules so that executive branch nominees and picks to serve on lower federal courts could be confirmed with simple majority votes. "If they filibuster this guy, it is because politics has taken over reason, and it would be a shame", Graham added. Such a change also would apply to future Supreme Court nominees and would be especially important in the event that Trump gets to fill another opening and replace a liberal justice or Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's so-called swing vote. He introduced Gorsuch to the Judiciary Committee on Monday, but did not commit to supporting the nomination, saying he was keeping an "open mind".

The American Bar Association's Nancy Scott Degan explained how a committee evaluating Gorsuch came up with its highest rating of well qualified.

Federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch has finished testifying about why he should get a seat on the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch answered all these questions with the same phrase: "I have declined to offer any promises, hints or previews of how I'd resolve any case". "This should not be a partisan issue", Jaffer said.

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Several Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including senior member Dianne Feinstein, told Reuters they would not comment on whether they would support a filibuster attempt. "Judge Gorsuch is not a monk, but neither is he a missionary or an ideologue", said Kane, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter.