Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this week that Democrats would filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court justice.
It's quite remarkable that the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are falling all over themselves reminding everyone that a nominee for our highest court should not be put to a litmus test as to how he might vote on a divisive issue.
Reed called Gorsuch a poor choice for the Supreme Court.
She said those issues have led to her conclusion that "I can not trust that President Trump is acting in the best interest of our country or our democracy and that I can not support moving forward with his choice for the Court".
Liberal groups are counting on Bennet to work to block Gorsuch's nomination, but he also faces pressure from Republican groups, who can remind him that his fellow senator from Colorado, Republican Cory Gardner, defeated Mark Udall, a Democrat, in 2014.
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Mainstream media figures and even some Democrats heaped praise this week on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for his strong legal qualifications and unflappable performance at his confirmation hearing. Not only is Gorsuch supported by all 53 Republican senators, but the failure of the ObamaCare repeal makes a Trump victory on Gorsuch vital to his presidency. According to The New York Times, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump have expressed support for the idea of eliminating the filibuster option if Democrats decide to block Gorsuch's confirmation. Shame on red-state Democrats if Mr. Gorsuch cannot get one of them to vote "yes". The other seven, including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have yet to announce their plans.
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"Assuming Gorsuch gets approved, the court likely will be as conservative as it was with Scalia, and the court's ideological makeup won't change very much from what it was with Scalia", Masket said. Since there's no limit to how long a filibuster can last, Republicans could be waiting a long while before eight Democrats made a decision to join them.
Senate Republicans could be forced to use the "nuclear option" to kill the filibuster with a simple majority. Democrats failed to gather enough support and the Senate voted 72-25 to proceed to an up-or-down vote.