Democrats could attempt to block the Gorsuch nomination with a tactic known as the filibuster, which would require 60 votes to approve the new justice. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "I just want to say I'm deeply disappointed that (it) is under these circumstances that we begin our hearings".
The 49-year-old judge, who sits on the appeals court in Denver and lives in Boulder, was nominated by Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by the February 2016 death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia. "It is not Merrick Garland", said Sen.
Graham also made it clear that in addition to Gorsuch being qualified, he is a reassuring choice insofar as he will "keep the conservative philosophy alive and well in the court". That means abortion, gay rights, the constitutionality of government regulations, gun control, the role of money in politics and corporate concentration in the economy are all going to be rehashed with Gorsuch's views as them as the focal point.
The first day of the hearings Monday will feature opening statements from senators and Gorsuch himself, according to the Associated Press.
Grassley's comments sought to address one of the Democrats" main concerns: Will Gorsuch say "no' to the man who appointed him? Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes".
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blumenthal will be questioning Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing this week.More news: Palm oil falls on weaker export data; output seen to improve
Grassley has set a committee vote on Gorsuch's nomination for April 3rd, with Republicans hoping for a vote in the full Senate before the Easter recess.
NY magazine reports that Jennifer Sisk, a graduate from the University of Colorado Law School, wrote a letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary describing a troubling incident that occurred in Gorsuch's class. Sisk claims that Gorsuch reportedly expressed the belief that companies should question women about pregnancy during job interviews, and he suggested that women "manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage their companies, starting from the first interview".
In a review of Gorsuch's record, the Bazelon Center found that he "almost always" voted in favor of school districts over those with disabilities in cases brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other statutes.
Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, said while he was upset Garland was not considered, "Two wrongs never make a right", and said Democrats should not obstruct Gorsuch the way Republicans obstructed Garland. Most Democrats are intent on digging in their heels to oppose Gorsuch, both on ideological grounds and in retaliation against Republicans' refusal to hold hearings on Merrick Garland, Obama's nominee a year ago to replace Scalia. "Truth be told, it should puzzle anyone who ever takes a civics class", said Grassley, R-Iowa, who walked into the hearing room alongside the federal judge. Their base is insisting on it, because of what happened to President Obama's nominee. "I didn't believe it", said Sen.
The letter, highlighted by NPR, is disputed by another former student and past Gorsuch law clerks.