Published: Thu, February 09, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Florida House Democrats Oppose President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee


In a February 7 op-ed for Politico, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (shown) implies that he will obstruct confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch because, he says, it's his duty to do so. Why?

"He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by President Trump about the judiciary", Blumenthal told reporters after meeting with Gorsuch Wednesday afternoon. Schumer, of NY, said last week he needed time to review Gorsuch's 10-year record before scheduling a meeting. For the first time in history this body refused to hold a hearing on a nominee for the Supreme Court, refused to give an up-or-down vote.

President Trump might be viewed as a wild card in the judicial selection process because his views sometimes diverge from Republican Party orthodoxy.

You got one thing right, "At the very least, Gorsuch is exceedingly qualified".

"I'm hopeful the Dems will not filibuster", said Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota. President Trump has nominated someone quite ideologically close to Scalia, making the Gorsuch confirmation a battle over whether the high court will be permitted to keep its former balance of liberals and conservatives.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin told The State Journal Register that he will support a hearing and a vote for Gorsuch on Jan 31. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that Democrats have reason to be upset about the failure of President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, to be given a confirmation hearing previous year.

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SCOTUS is set to hear a case on mandatory arbitration clauses around April this year, and it is possible that Gorsuch could be confirmed by then.

Laxalt rolled out a petition on his personal website aimed at urging the Senate to confirm the Colorado federal appellate judge tapped by President Donald Trump "without delay". Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services, or Steve Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury.

Beyond the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the high court, President Trump might have the opportunity to make additional appointments to the Court.

Senate Democrats are planning to ask Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch about volunteer work he claimed he did while he was a Harvard Law School student, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"We don't have so-called senators".

The rancor embroiling the court is an expression of broad-based polarization in American political culture. Like Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices require the "advice and consent" of the Senate, but it has become less consenting and more adversarial.

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