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Democrat, Republican weigh parties' strategies in Gorsuch confirmation chess match

Democrat, Republican weigh parties' strategies in Gorsuch confirmation chess match”

If the Democrats do indeed filibuster, the Senate could change the rules and lower the threshold to 51 votes (they have 52 now).

But Republicans who control the Senate are expected to ensure Gorsuch reaches the bench, perhaps before the middle of April.

Udall has said he would not support any Supreme Court nominee who would support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case which legalized abortion.

Democrats have a tough road ahead, lacking the votes to outright stop the confirmation but facing mounting pressure from grassroots groups to block his nomination. The solution? A filibuster, which essentially presses pause in the Senate. What do Dems get out of filibustering if GOP is going to go nuclear if they do?

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In response to the Democratic criticism, Gorsuch repeatedly said he has often ruled for the "little guy" over corporations.

Reed said he was not "reassured" by Gorsuch's answers during his hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

Udall noted, "Every recent Supreme Court nominee has received at least 60 votes either for cloture (a procedural vote that allows a final vote) or confirmation".

"Equal Justice Under Law is engraved on the front of the Supreme Court".

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Schumer said if Gorsuch can not attract 60 votes, "the answer isn't to change the rules".

But Republicans wouldn't even give him the courtesy of a hearing. But Degan acknowledged that her team did not review materials released by the Justice Department covering Gorsuch's involvement with Bush administration controversies involving the interrogation and treatment of terrorism detainees, broad assertions of executive power and warrantless eavesdropping on people within the United States.

Among judges who have worked with him, U.S. District Judge John Kane praised Gorsuch's independence and cordiality. McConnell has said he hopes to confirm Gorsuch on the Senate floor by the end of that week, before the Senate leaves for a two-week recess and in time for the Court's April arguments.

Democrats also took another opportunity to voice their displeasure at how Republicans kept Judge Merrick Garland, Obama's choice for the same seat, off the court. Sen.

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