Trump Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch faces Senate hearing

President Trump's motorcade drives in West Palm Beach Fla. toward the Trump International Golf Club on Saturday

President Trump's motorcade drives in West Palm Beach Fla. toward the Trump International Golf Club on Saturday

On and beyond the Judiciary Committee, Republicans will try to depict Gorsuch as a slam-dunk selection that only a radicalized Democratic Party terrified by its lefty-lefty base could possibly oppose. Progressives want commitments now, even before hearings get fully underway. "The judge has spoken of the struggles of working attorneys to juggle family with work obligations; not once have we heard him intimate that those struggles are, or should be, shouldered by one gender alone", they write.

Several out-of-state political groups are running ads in several states advocating for Gorsuch.

Sisk, once a staffer for former Democratic Sen. "The seriousness with which the judge asked us to consider these realities reflected his desire to make us aware of them, not any animus against a career or group".

Gorsuch's body of professional work displays an unfailing commitment to the principles of separation of powers and judicial independence, Grassley said.

Republicans hold 52 of the Senate's 100 seats. "Justice Ginsberg, Justice Breyer. were not asked those questions, and Judge Gorsuch should not be either". "It's a framework on which to build", Feinstein said in the hearing.

Hatch said when taking his seat on the appeals court, Gorsuch swore to administer justice without respect to persons and to impartially discharge his judicial duties. However, with Republicans controlling the majority of the Senate, Gorsuch's confirmation appears inevitable.

But delay tactics by Democrats could lead Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to exercise procedural maneuvers of his own to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold now in place for Supreme Court nominations, and with it any Democratic leverage to influence the next Supreme Court fight.

"Republicans made a big show past year about respecting the voice of the American people in this process", Leahy said. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. "Most Americans question whether we need a Supreme Court justice with the vision of Donald Trump".

Ms Perry gave the example of President Lyndon B Johnson's nomination of Justice William Fortis to be promoted to the Chief Justice position was filibustered by both Republicans and Democrats at the time, but Mr Fortis was still given a proper hearing. You and I and the American people know whose responsibility it is to correct a law that produces a result that you dislike. Warren said during the event. And what he has done in antitrust cases and then also in one money-in-politics case is show that he's going to be at least as bad as Scalia - and we can't forget how bad Scalia was - and possibly worse, in favoring elites, favoring corporate power and favoring the power of big donors.

Gorsuch also sided with Hobby Lobby in a case over the rights of employers to withhold reproductive health care benefits that conflict with the employer's religious views.

In some of the sharpest comments by a Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL told Gorsuch, "In case after case, you've either dismissed or rejected the efforts of workers and families to recognize their rights or defend their freedoms".

All of the witnesses that Schumer brought to the Hill last week were plaintiffs in cases where Gorsuch sided with an employer over an employee.

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