Senate confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch

Angelica Greene
March 20, 2017

If Gorsuch is approved by the Senate, he will replace one of the most conservative Supreme Court justices in recent history - Justice Antonin Scalia.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein started by saying she was "deeply disappointed" that Garland was passed over as a nominee.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., repeated a comment by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus last month that Gorsuch "represents the type of judge that has the vision of Donald Trump".

While those documents unsurprisingly haven't made it before deadline - a trend with so many of Trump's appointees - Democrats have seen enough to know that they are opposed.

Gorsuch is expected to make it through this weeks hearing's without too much trouble.

Though Gorsuch's record has also been praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, several Senate Democrats have already signaled their intentions to oppose his nomination, amid the larger effort to stop Trump at essentially every turn.

He said he "thought" that is what the Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to do, pointing to the rumours that Democrats could challenge Mr Gorsuch's nomination with a filibuster due to Mr Garland's treatment.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, suggested Gorsuch should disregard Democrats' attempts to draw him out on individual topics.

As a lifetime appointee, he would be one of nine justices who have the final legal word on numerous most sensitive United States issues, from abortion to gender to gun control to workers' rights. "Our job is to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable, mainstream conservative or is he not".

This means that Mr Gorsuch would not be in a "swing seat", as Ms Perry called it.

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"In recent months I've heard that "now more than ever" we need a justice who is independent, and who respects the separation of powers", Grassley said.

"Judge Neil Gorsuch will face a dividied and curious group of U.S. Senators", says Meredith.

It is this potential that also worries many Democrats.

"It concerns me that a man who is being considered for our highest court holds views that discounts the worth of working females", she said, ending her testimony. Even Mr Graham pointed out he has "never been disappointed" with Ms Kagan or Ms Sotomayor because of that. Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing begins on March 20th and both sides of the political aisle are prepping for a battle that has been almost 14 months in the making. President Bush's two nominees, John Roberts and Samuel.

Gorsuch is expected to clear both votes, considering Republicans have the Senate majority. The court has operated with eight justices and at times has split 4-4 on cases, unable to reach a majority decision.

During a talk earlier this year organized by Stanford's Office of Religious Life, Ginsburg lamented how the confirmation process has changed, recalling that one Republican senator who supported her back in 1993, "today wouldn't touch me with a 10-foot pole".

But Democratic options are limited.

Senators and Gorsuch will deliver prepared remarks.

Malcolm says this confirmation process potentially will be less contested than that of future Supreme Court nominees.

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