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The statement kicked off a day of opening statements - and opening statements only - as a kind of appetizer for the main course on Tuesday, when Gorsuch will endure 30-minute rounds of questions from the 20 committee members. If Gorsuch is approved by the Senate, as expected, he would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the court. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen.
"Republicans made a big show a year ago about respecting the voice of the American people in this process", Leahy said.
Democrats are expected to focus on what they say are Mr Gorsuch's previous rulings in favour of business interests. In general Democrats will hold Gorsuch to a much higher standard than Republicans are likely to proffer, and even Democrats who intend to vote for his confirmation in the end may make a bit of a show of giving him a hard time.
There are now 11 Republicans and nine Democrats on the committee, so there's no doubt Gorsuch will be approved. Republicans control the Senate 52-48 but 60 votes are needed to break a filibuster. Gorsuch's non-judicial writings contain several powerful clues about his views on the constitutionality of abortion.
"That's high acclaim from an organization that our colleagues on the left have long considered the 'gold standard, ' " McConnell said.
"Judge Gorsuch has expressed hostility toward private civil rights litigation, calling such lawsuits "bad for the country, '" reads the advocates" correspondence to Sen. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia in just three years, got his law degree from Harvard, and he's an Oxford scholar to boot. The Senate confirmed him to his current position on the circuit court without a single vote in opposition. "Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you that I'm a big fan of his", he said, which may explain Elway's decision to make the endorsement. "He has repeatedly sided with insurance companies who wanted to deny disability benefits to employees".
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.
As a lifetime appointee, he would be one of nine justices who have the final legal word on numerous most sensitive U.S. issues, from abortion to gender to gun control to workers' rights.
In the presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Cruz said, "the people chose originalism, textualism and the rule of law".
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) said recently that Gorsuch is "out of the mainstream" and can not be an independent arbiter on the court. The unanswered question is whether or not he believes those decisions should be overturned by the Supreme Court in future cases.