Published: Sat, April 01, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Dem senator warns of political danger on Supreme Court vote

Many U.S. Senate Democrats are seeking to block a confirmation vote on Neil Gorsuch, the federal appellate judge nominated by President Donald Trump to become a Supreme Court justice, but it is unclear whether they will get the necessary votes.

With so many important issues before the court that will impact millions of everyday Americans and, after reviewing his record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I can not support Judge Gorsuch's confirmation.

There may come a time when a nomination by Trump or some other President of a strongly conservative judge to a seat now held by a liberal or moderate justice would tip the balance of the Court.

Brown is among about 15 Democratic senators who have not said publicly whether they'll filibuster a vote on Gorsuch. They are Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

That was a reference to Republican threats to respond to a Democratic filibuster by changing Senate rules and extending the so-called "nuclear option" to Supreme Court nominees, which would essentially allow the Senate to approve a nominee with 51 votes. If the 52 Republicans cannot find eight Democrats to join them in voting for cloture, that could alter the Senate rules.

Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing last week before Grassley's committee faced tough questioning from Democrats regarding his judicial philosophy on issues such abortion, Affordable Care Act contraception mandates, and the separation of church and state.

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Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Nevada's two US senators are split on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. "Now (Democrats) think, 'Okay, that's how we were treated, so we're going to treat them the same'". Democrats need 41 votes to sustain a filibuster. "I am not comfortable with either choice", McCaskill said in a statement.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill issued a stern warning to a group of Democratic Party donors, saying that encouraging her fellow colleagues to push Sen.

"He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well respected jurist who understands the rule of law", she said in the statement.

The rule change, which would forever eliminate the filibuster from interfering with the Supreme Court confirmation process, would only exacerbate the hyperpartisan culture in Washington. As of Friday afternoon, 36 Democrats had indicated their support for such a move.

McCaskill also raised concerns about Gorsuch's refusal during his confirmation hearing to say how he viewed the constitutionality of campaign fundraising regulations, which were limited by the landmark case Citizens United v. "They go on the Supreme Court and then, God forbid, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, or (Anthony) Kennedy retires or (Stephen) Breyer has a stroke or is no longer able to serve".

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