Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Day 4

Posted March 26, 2017

There are 52 Republicans in the Senate. Schumer made his announcement from the Senate floor as members of the judiciary committee heard from witnesses for and against Gorsuch's nomination.

Democrat Bob Casey says he will vote "no" on President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's highest court.

For months, Senate Republicans have threatened what is often called the "nuclear option" - exempting Supreme Court nominees from filibusters. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation.

The Pennsylvania Democrat announced his decision to vote no, citing Judge Gorsuch's "hostility" toward the executive branch and his "rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy".

Judge Neil Gorsuch is an extreme Supreme Court nominee who has consistently sided with powerful interests over the American people.

Either way, the filibuster would risk causing the loss of even more Democratic Senate seats in 2018. That rule change would also make it much easier for President Trump to nominate and to have confirmed another conservative nominee for what is likely to be a seat formerly occupied by a liberal or moderate Justice in a year or two. Chuck Schumer told Politico in an interview.

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But Murray said that she can't support Gorsuch because of his stance on reproductive rights, his "anti-worker record", and because she doesn't trust Trump. "None of us want to do it, but we're going to confirm Gorsuch".

"Judge Gorsuch is a 30-40 year win", Hugh Hewitt, the popular radio talk show host, tweeted on Thursday. If they can't, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans will have to decide whether to take the dramatic step of changing the vote threshold and essentially eliminating the filibuster.

Schumer of NY, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court, also made clear that Gorsuch will face a filibuster from Democrats, meaning the judge will need at least eight Democratic votes to advance to a final vote on confirmation.

There seems to be universal confusion in the Democratic camp about the role of the judiciary, and instead, Gorsuch has been questioned as though he would serve as an extension of the legislative branch.

Flake agreed, saying "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, but I think we'll get him confirmed".