Sen. Cruz: '50-50 Whether the Democrats Filibuster' Gorsuch
20 March 2017, 10:19 | Austin Hogan
Sen. Cruz: '50-50 Whether the Democrats Filibuster' Gorsuch
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee told a group of students past year that companies need to protect themselves from women looking to take advantage of maternity benefits.
As a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch ruled on the contraceptive case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a landmark decision that allowed companies to refuse to pay for women's birth control if it violates the owners' religious beliefs.
Ted Cruz of Texas criticized Senate Democrats who promised to ask Judge Neil Gorsuch about President Donald Trump's most controversial comments and policies during confirmation hearings this week. Schumer said that he has a "strong presumption against" Gorsuch but that he would wait until after he heard the judge's formal testimony before Congress before making up his mind.
The Senate will vote on Gorsuch's nomination before leaving on April 8 for Easter recess. Most responsible employers avoid the kind of questions Gorsuch allegedly suggested, if for no other reason than because such questions offer evidence that the company did intend to discriminate on the basis of a woman's future plans to become pregnant - and potentially open the company up to liability. Gorsuch will simply have to sit there and listen without fidgeting. Gorsuch's non-judicial writings contain several powerful clues about his views on the constitutionality of abortion.
Without googling, who is Neil Gorsuch? It is clear from his public statements that the president wants a judiciary that doesn't question him, his motives, his edicts, or his power. Cruz asked if, for example, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who were appointed to the high court by former Democratic President Bill Clinton, were expected to address sexual harassment allegations against Clinton at their confirmation hearings.
He would fill a vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death 13 months ago.
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Gorsuch, while nominated by Trump, has already spoken out against the President's attacks against US judges in the wake of his overturned travel ban. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and to Ranking Member Sen. About 30 people in the audience wore red T-shirts emblazoned with #StopGorsuch. Still, senators' opening statements Monday showed a deep partisan divide over the role of the Supreme Court in American society.
"No matter your politics ... you should be concerned about the preservation of our constitutional order and the separation of powers", Grassley said. Gorsuch's confirmation would return the court to a 5-4 conservative majority.
And beware of senators, Republican or Democrat, trying to pin Gorsuch down on hot-button issues such as abortion or gun rights. If they fall short, Republicans could eliminate the 60-vote requirement with a rule change known as the "nuclear option", though some in the GOP could be reluctant to take such a step.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio today sent an email to supporters that called Gorsuch "a highly qualified, mainstream jurist".
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