Bob Casey has joined the chorus of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Washington, Mar 23 The top Democrat in the United States senate vowed today that his party will block a confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat.
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) persuaded Senate Democrats to use the upper chamber's unlimited-debate rule on legislation to block a final vote on judicial nominations, at that time blocking several of George W. Bush's nominees to the federal appeals courts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can not lose three Republicans without gaining three Democrats if he wants to change the rules of the filibuster. The Senate Judiciary committee is expected to end the hearing on Thursday, and Grassley has said he wants a committee vote by early April. "It's to change the nominee", Schumer said.
Gorsuch serves on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, and would fill the 13-month vacancy on the high court created by the death of Antonin Scalia previous year.
Democrats are seeking a face-saving way to oppose Gorsuch, knowing they can not defeat him.
Other Twitter users found the exchange entertaining and applauded Gorsuch for owning the senator a few times.
While the 10th Circuit Court panel upheld an administrative judge's ruling in favor of the fired driver, Gorsuch dissented.
"This absurd "deal" would prolong an environment in which Democrat Supreme Court nominees get up or down simple majority votes and Republican nominees get filibustered - that's not a deal, it's a unilateral disarmament", Leo said. And Democrats would dearly like to preserve that tool, knowing that there is a strong possibility there will be at least one more Supreme Court vacancy during the Trump presidency. He said Gorsuch was not "a neutral legal mind, but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology".
President Trump has called on them to do so if necessary.
Tuesday's hearing doesn't mark the only time Gorsuch, who would fill a Supreme Court seat left empty by former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, has been asked about his stance on Roe.
"It does sound like he's laying the groundwork for the nuclear option", Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin said of McConnell.
"I do not believe Gorsuch's approach will ensure fairness for workers and families in PA", Casey tweeted.
Things got pretty controversial when Cruz questioned Gorsuch about whether he was lucky enough to get Byron White up on the basketball court.