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Schumer Urges Opposition to Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Speaking in the Senate, Schumer told his colleagues that Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check" on Donald Trump and his policies.

Flake agreed, saying "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, but I think we'll get him confirmed". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked earlier in the week.

But Murray said that she can't support Gorsuch because of his stance on reproductive rights, his "anti-worker record", and because she doesn't trust Trump.

The New York Times quotes Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as standing firmly against Gorsuch.

It is not yet clear whether Senate Democrats will stand united or opt to hold their fire, but they will likely have to decide fast. "That's exactly the kind of person we need on the Supreme Court". "But Judge Gorsuch seems to favor the expansion of corporate power over individual rights", Reed said. He also wants to make sure the Senate sticks to the 60-vote rule for breaking filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. Democrats barely laid a glove on Gorsuch during hours of testimony and even Senator Elizabeth Warren has written that he is "charming and intelligent" and has an "impressive legal pedigree".

Gorsuch is assured of support from the 52 Republicans. Barack Obama a year ago nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing on the nomination.

Fearing Gorsuch's right-wing credentials and angered by the GOP's stonewalling of former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick, progressives have publicly called for a filibuster of his Supreme Court nomination since Trump announced it in January.

Republicans could then revert to a simple majority in a "nuclear option".

"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday. He added, "If a judge can't 60 votes, you don't change the rules, you change the judge or the nominee". Other senators in Trump-won states, such as Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have said they haven't decided whether to block Gorsuch. "If Judge Gorsuch is confirmed, there could be grave consequences for women's lives and health for decades to come", said Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, in a statement Thursday.

Hearings for a Supreme Court nominee usually dominate Congress, but that's not been the case over the four days of hearings.



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