Senate to vote April 7 on US Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley R-Iowa center listens as the committee’s ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. requests a one week postponement for the panel to vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as she

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As of Tuesday afternoon, more than two dozen Senate Democrats had said they would vote no on Gorsuch's nomination, while no Democrats had said they would vote yes. President Clinton, President Obama consulted Republicans before they nominated someone. "If the Democrats know that Mitch is ready to vote the nuclear option, they have no desire to not filibuster, right?"

To avoid the nuclear option, eight Democrats would have to vote for Gorsuch, or McConnell would have to back down.

"I will oppose his nomination".

On Wednesday Sen. Tim Kaine joined 31 other Democrats who have announced their opposition to Gorsuch, and joined a growing list of those willing to filibuster the judge. "Will be on the floor of the Senate next week and confirmed on Friday [April 7]", McConnell said at a news conference Tuesday.

And even if Republicans don't want to get rid of the filibuster, they may be convinced Democrats would just do it themselves eventually. With the death of Justice Scalia, Gorsuch would likely carry on his conservative views.

The conservative Concerned Veterans for America made more than 30,000 calls to Missouri residents asking them to urge McCaskill to confirm Gorsuch.

The Republicans and Trump also need a political victory.

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Collins was pressed further and she eventually replied, "I'm hoping we're not going to get to that point".

Liberals have pressured congressional Democrats to resist all things Trump, and have been emboldened by the failure of the Republican health care bill last week. Despite this unprecedented obstruction by the Republican majority, I remain committed to upholding the constitution's instruction to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominations. Casey cited reservations about the "rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy" of Gorsuch as the leading reason why he could not support the nominee. The confirmation would require a simple majority in favor.

When they had control of the Senate in 2013, frustrated Senate Democratic leaders changed the rules so they could confirm district court and circuit court judges - as well as cabinet nominees - with a simple majority.

It would take 60 votes to break the filibuster.

"Plus, the motion to invoke cloture on Alito's nomination wasn't as controversial as the upcoming cloture vote on Gorsuch".

Sen. Chris Murphy speaking on the Senate floor.

He said that no Democrat looks forward to a filibuster but he believes that Gorsuch is not within the mainstream. A candidate unanimously confirmed to the Court of Appeals a decade ago and one who has received the highest rating from the ABA is not suitable for the court.

"It is the free choice of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to pursue a change in rules if that's what they decide".

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