"I have not seen that the rights of minorities are a priority for you", Democratic Sen.
The federal judge appeared nonplussed by the Democrats' comments and the perpetual Garland shadow that hung over the first day of testimony.
The questioning of Gorsuch will begin on Tuesday, March 21st, with testimony by outside legal experts as well as the American Bar Association expected to follow.
"This is quite a lot different", said Gorsuch, who appeared before the Judiciary Committee once before when he was a nominee for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. "That power is retained by the people", according to Grassley.
"When a nominee is a sitting judge, they tally the winners and losers in his past cases and do the math". She added, "I just want to say I am deeply disappointed that it's under these circumstances that we begin our hearings". 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. Both of Colorado's senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet, agreed with the late Justice Antonin Scalia that California does not count as the West, and that it is important for the Supreme Court to be "geographically diverse". "Not a one of them spoke a word against Judge Gorsuch's nomination", he continued. The unusual Republican tactic blocked a leftward shift on the court.
When Judge Neil Gorsuch sat down for the first day of his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats were fuming. "His grasp on the separation of powers_including judicial independence_enlivens his body of work", Grassley said in prepared remarks ahead of the hearing.More news: Dixon Police investigate report of student on school grounds with a gun
"Judge Gorsuch has expressed hostility toward private civil rights litigation, calling such lawsuits "bad for the country, '" reads the advocates" correspondence to Sen. Richard Blumenthal will be looking for Trump's Supreme Court nominee to demonstrate a willingness to stand up to the president.
Neither will get a chance to do so until Gorsuch's nomination hits the Senate floor, since Democratic Sen.
"There is a history here, and it's nearly unique, that Donald Trump has in fact established a litmus test promising, absolutely promising, that he would nominate someone who will overturn Roe v. Wade", Blumenthal said. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had already signaled he wouldn't even give Garland a hearing. Obama nominated appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, widely viewed as a moderate, to replace Scalia in March of a year ago.
Still, Democrats devoted many of their opening statements to pushing back against the so-called Republican obstructionism that they believe caused Scalia's seat to remain vacant for more than a year. That was a proud moment.
The committee, whose members range from liberal Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said.