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The Senate is Taking Up Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

by Countable | 3.30.17

The debate over President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court seems headed for a knockdown, drag out fight that could have far reaching consequences for protecting individual states from federal intrusion.

On Monday the full Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination on a party line vote, but then the real fireworks will begin when he moves before the full Senate. Democrats are threatening Gorsuch with a filibuster (requiring 60 votes for approval, instead of a simple majority of 51), mostly because they’re still upset that Republicans denied former President Obama the opportunity to fill the vacancy.

But Democrats also aren’t happy with how Gorsuch performed in his confirmation hearings. They say he refused to answer questions about his judicial temperament even though he’s being backed by conservative groups who believe he’ll be a reliable vote to overturn cases like Roe v. Wade. That’s why they’re using the filibuster to demand that Gorsuch get support from at least eight Democratic senators. "Because it’s such an important position, it should have bipartisan buy-in," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters at the Capitol. “If a judge – a nominee – can’t meet the 60 vote standard, you don’t change the rules, you change the [nominee].”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is vowing that Gorsuch will be confirmed by next Friday. That means if Democrats filibuster Gorsuch, the Republican leader is prepared to employ the so-called "nuclear option" – by getting his party to drop the voting threshold for Supreme Court justices from a 60 vote supermajority to a 51 vote simple, and partisan, majority.

The filibuster has been in place since the 1850s and has been employed by senators on all sides of issues to protect state and regional minorities from what proponents say has been encroachment by other states. Critics fear if the GOP employs the nuclear option on Supreme Court justices now, then it opens the door for them changing the rule on legislation in the future. That would make the historically deliberative Senate look more like the House, which is set up to speedily approve the will of whichever party is in power.

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-- Matt Laslo

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  • Jeanmarie
    03/31/2017
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    The state of affairs with respect to the Supreme Court nominee are infuriating to me and the way the Republican Party had conducted itself is absolutely childish, shameful, and reflects the very hypocrisy Americans have come to resent in politics. While you already stand on unstable ground with respect to my vote the next time elections come around I can assure you any participation by you in adjusting the majority requirement for a Supreme Court nominee will guarantee loss of my vote. To preclude hearings for an appropriately nominated judge last summer and now suggest that in the face of opposition from across the aisle the requirements for confirmation can just change is an abhorrent miscarriage of the political process and the will of the American people. I think you just should be ashamed of your role in blocking hearings for Merrill Garland and should have at a minimum great hesitation but truly refuse to participate in any hijacking of the procedural requirements for this nominee. If Judge Gorsuch is unable to obtain the required 60 votes that is simply how the process works. Democrats are within their rights to filibuster just as you claim Republicans were within their rights to refuse Judge Garland's hearing. Lastly, in the same vain of Republicans refused to hear a nominee of an outgoing President, I am surprised you carry no concern over confirming a nominee from a president elected in an election which has been tampered with by Russians with whom the very same President is under investigation for connections. Your actions at this juncture reflect your character and ability to represent America versus your own political and special interests. Will you act in accordance with your duty as a representative of your constituents or will you act in accordance with party lines? The latter has lasting, permanent, and irrevocable consequences.

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  • Sally
    03/31/2017
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    No one should be appointed to the Supreme Court until Congress has finished its investigations into the connections between Trump/staff/campaign and Russia have been completed and analyzed. With all of the legislation pass and executive orders signed in the first 70 days of this administration, Washington is like a runaway train. I do not believe Congress is truly representing their constituents.

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  • Adam
    04/03/2017
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    I'm tired of the Senate leadership making up the rules as they go. First, they refused to vote on Garland, a widely-heralded judge who had supporters on both sides of the political spectrum. McConnell claimed that he refused to bring a vote to the floor because Obama was in his final year and "the People should decide," but where in the Constitution does it say that the Senate shall provide advice and consent on a nominee, except for in an election year? It was just a case of small men lead by a small man who was wielding his power to strike a blow against a political adversary, and it had nothing to do with what's good for "the People." Now with Gorsuch, they should stick to the rules and require 60 votes to confirm. If they do not, how can they stand by the ruse that they want "the People" to decide when "the People" elected less than 60 Senators who would approve of Gorsuch? Obviously McConnell is only talking about letting "the People" who agree with him decide.

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  • Ann
    03/31/2017
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    Given the questions regarding possible criminal charges against trump administration and campaign personnel, please oppose any confirmation of judge Neil gorsuich.

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  • JoeyM0525
    04/01/2017
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    Gorsuch should not be confirmed at this moment. Not only because of the way President Obamas' nominee was treated, and Gorsuch's pro corporate attitude. But because of the on going investigation of President Trump! With the heat rising literally everyday with possible corruption with the Russian government, a Republican chairman of an intelligence committee potentially comprising the investigation, or an attempt at a coverup that could lead to an impeachment. A conformation for a lifetime appointment that would affect all of us, should not be considered at this time under these current conditions until the investigation is completed. That being said, if the Republican Party does go along with their nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch, and this presidency does go south because of the investigation. We have to hold this Republican Party accountable, and make sure they know that in 2018!

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  • Michael
    03/31/2017
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    This nominee should be suspended until the FBI investigation into the Trump/Russia conspiracy is concluded. This is a LIFE LONG POSITION! There is no do-over here. Republicans felt it was ok for that seat to be empty for a while when they didn't want President Obama to appoint an SCJ, so it can stay vacant for a little longer until this investigation is concluded. It would be terribly embarrassing and dangerous if we let a man who is found to be a traitor to our country, elect a SCJ

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  • Cheryl
    04/01/2017
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    No vote at this time. There's much too much garbage to sift through already, not to mention some of the swamp filled actions that are slithering through under cover of all the Russian mess and clandestine meetings and information sharing.

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  • Keith
    04/01/2017
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    I do not think the President Trumps nominee for Scotus should be confirmed while the administration is under investigation. There are many great conservative and liberal candidates. As Scotus showed by overturning one of his key decisions, this one maybe a bit sub par. Vote no and let the dust settle. Worst case scenario, we get a better candidate.

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  • Jane
    03/31/2017
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    Everything should be halted until all investigations are concluded. No to Gorsuch until Garland gets his hearing. And who would want to be appointed a position like this, a lifetime appointment, with this Admin attached to their legacy?

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  • Sarah
    03/31/2017
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    I don't think it behooves the citizens of this country to confirm a SCJ pick when the very man who nominated him is under investigation for collusion with Russia. Honestly, all of the scandal that has taken place in the first 70 days of his presidency...what The Senate should be voting on is Trump's impeachment! VOTE NO ON GORSUCH!!

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  • Joshua
    03/31/2017
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    Trump is under investigation for possible connections to Russia. How can we allow him to pick up Judge until that is investigated.

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  • Topi
    04/01/2017
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    "He Tweeted at Hamilton; he Tweeted the Times, And trolled Alec Baldwin a few hundred times, And he pouted a pout like a petulant kid, Thinking this is what presidents actually did, Thinking he could still be a perpetual jerk, Terrified just to learn he had to actually work, Work for every American, not just for a few, Not just for the white ones — there was much more to do. He now works for the Muslims and Mexicans too; For the brown, black, and tan ones, and the ones who vote blue. We are all now his bosses, now we all have a say, And those nasty pant-suited ones are all still here to stay. And the Trump, he soon realized that he didn’t win, He had gotten the prize — but the prize now owns him... As it turns out the Trump was a little too late, For America was more than already quite great; Not because of the sameness, the opposite’s true. It’s greatness far more than just red, white, and blue! It’s straight, gay, and female — it’s Gentile and Jew; It’s Transgender and Christian, and Atheist too. It’s Asians, Caucasians of all different kinds, The disabled and abled, the deaf and the blind; It’s immigrants, Muslims, and brave refugees, It’s Liberals with bleeding hearts fixed to their sleeves. And we are all staying, we’re staying right here, We will be the great bane of the Trump for the rest of his years. And we’ll be twice as loud as the loudness of hate; With the greatness that makes our America great!" So now, dear Representatives, this story is true. Since you work for me, the same goes for you.

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  • Amanda
    04/01/2017
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    Do not confirm Trumps SCOTUS pick while the Administration is under investigation.

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  • Tamara
    03/31/2017
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    I have full confidence that my senators will do everything in their power to prevent Gorsuch from being confirmed. Why a president under investigation by the FBI for his ties to Russia and undermining our own democracy is even being allowed to put forward a lifetime appointee to the highest law of our land is beyond my comprehension. That's not even taking into account Gorsuch himself, who I find objectionable for so many reasons.

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  • Emily
    03/31/2017
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    Please vote against the approval of Gorsuch. It's a stolen seat and should have bipartisan support.

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  • Gretchen
    03/31/2017
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    I am asking you not to vote on Gorsuch until Trump has been investigated and cleared. The future of our country is at stake. You refused to vote on Justice Garland,for no plausible reason, so a few more months shouldn't matter to you. Please think of the people of the United States and discontinue to follow party lines in all circumstances. You are supposed to represent us in NC and across the nation. Look at the polls. People are not happy. Work with the democrats to compromise so we can move out of this mess we are in. That is the human thing to do.

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  • Eric
    04/01/2017
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    Do anything and everything to block his confirmation. This is a stolen seat. Above and beyond his deeply disturbing record of ruling in the favor of corporations and government over the rights of citizens.

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  • Sabra
    03/31/2017
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    No votes until the Flynn investigation has been resolved. Republicans were in no hurry with Obama's choice, why hurry now, especially with this nightmare?

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  • Damon
    04/01/2017
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    Please do everything you can to stop this nominee from becoming a Justice. For too long the Republicans have torn down long-standing norms within our legislative system, and Democrats have rolled over and said "OK but just this once…" We need to stand up for ourselves, and show them that they cannot bully their way into a lifetime appointment. Filibuster! Vote no! Your constituents will stand by you! Stop being the party of appeasement and start being the party of sustained, impelling, progressive champions. You have right on your side!

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  • Rick
    03/31/2017
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    I still contend there should be no vote on SCOTUS as long as POTUS is under FBI investigation.

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