March 23, 2017

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch facing Senate hearings

20 March 2017, 10:46 | Marion Schneider

Gorsuch to Face Capitol Heat

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Perhaps the most compelling argument Graham can make to Democrats, though, is they shouldn't worry about the political consequences of supporting a Republican-appointed Supreme Court justice. "And if you are concerned about these things, as you should be, meet Judge Neil Gorsuch".

The court has been one short of its nine justices since Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

This follows a pattern. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes". Ms Perry explained that even ardent Democrat, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy had voted several times for Republican nominees for the Court. Republicans will counter with evidence like the American Bar Association having given him the highest rating of "well qualified", the same rating given Obama's successful nominees, justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

And beware of senators, Republican or Democrat, trying to pin Gorsuch down on hot-button issues such as abortion or gun rights. What we don't know is 1) whether the Democrats ask him challenging questions, and 2) whether they'll let him get away with not answering them. The Court could allow for more state restrictions on abortion and other women's rights but she thinks that because of Justice Anthony Kennedy's more liberal voting record on the issues that Roe v. Wade should remain intact.

Grassley was at the White House when Trump announced Gorsuch was his pick to fill the vacancy on the nation's highest court.

"Who sits on the Supreme Court should not simply evaluate legalistic theories and Latin phrases in isolation", she said. These televised hearings will last a few days, and then the committee will vote.

Gorsuch - a respected, highly credentialed judge and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - is President Trump's high court nominee.

He said he thought they "lived exemplary lives, quite frankly".

Democrats should avoid mimicking the obstructionism Republicans applied with former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland - whose nomination they refused to act on at all - and instead ply Gorsuch with critical questions, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Garland was "a mainstream moderate nominee", and Democrats' job now is "to decide whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable, mainstream conservative, or is he not".

What to watch for: Testimony by Judge Gorsuch about executive overreach and Article II powers, a concern during the Obama years and now, alas, the Trump administration.

Gorsuch will begin to take questions Tuesday morning.

Grassley said the committee will first schedule a vote for next Monday, March 27.

"(Judges) must understand that Supreme Court decisions have real world consequences", Feinstein said.

Grassley continued by praising Gorsuch's record in that area, saying "his grasp on the separation of powers - including judicial independence - enlivens his body of work".

Ultimately, the only win for Democrats would be to prevent Gorsuch from receiving the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in an attempt to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to engage the "nuclear option", thereby relegating the filibuster to the annals of history.

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blumenthal will be questioning Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing this week.

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