Dem senator warns of political danger on Supreme Court vote
01:12, Mar 31, 2017
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Casey said recently that anyone up for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be able to secure the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster.
In all, 33 Democrats have said they will oppose Gorsuch. Their move paid off when President Trump won and nominated the more conservative Gorsuch this year. "The public deserves better". "We are optimistic that they will not be successful in keeping this good man from joining the Supreme Court very soon", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, said Tuesday, essentially guaranteeing Gorsuch will be confirmed next week.
Senate Republicans are scrambling to break up a mounting threat from Democrats to filibuster next week's vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Klobuchar, a lawyer herself, understands the how the decisions of the Supreme Court affect the country moving forward.
If Republicans can not garner the eight Democratic votes needed to overcome a filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans have threatened to invoke the "nuclear option" to change the chamber's rules and confirm Gorsuch with a simple-majority vote.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, critiqued Gorsuch after his nomination, saying Gorsuch "has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people" and "demonstrated a hostility toward women's rights".
The two New Mexico senators joined other Democrats, including some who are in swing states and up for election in 2018, in announcing they would filibuster the nomination.
"So they pick another one off the list and then they bring it over to the Senate and we say no, no, no, this one's worse". In 2016, Obama selected Garland to replace the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February.
"I'd say the level of transparency is probably unprecedented in modern times, at least". Manchin is the first Democrat to announce support for Gorsuch. But with this action, the Republicans will re-learn some valuable lessons that they desperately need to remember and practice - do your job - and that there are some things in this country that should be above raw, blatant politics.
Most have said they would back an effort to block a confirmation vote using a procedural hurdle called a filibuster that requires 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote.
That's why Corker sees a rule change as inevitable.
Certainly the filibuster fits a non-majoritarian institution in which 585,501 Wyomingites have as much representation as do 39,250,017 Californians. Additionally, 21 Democrats have not yet said how they plan to vote.
The theme running through all of these criticisms is that Democrats want Gorsuch to reach results that run counter to the law.
"He is the most reasonable and qualified person that we could possibly find", Toomey said.