Schumer confirms Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch

"I don't believe that Judge Gorsuch's judicial approach would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania, and indeed, across the country", Casey said.

No other Supreme Court nominee has been successfully filibustered since Lyndon B. Johnson's administration.

"If this nominee can not earn 60 votes-a bar met by each of President [Barack] Obama's nominees, and George Bush's last two nominees-the answer isn't to change the rules".

Udall has said he would not support any Supreme Court nominee who would support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case which legalized abortion.

With 48 seats in the 100-member Senate, Democrats have the votes to sustain a filibuster.

Another option for McConnell: Republicans could change the rules (as Democrats did for lower court judges in 2013) and make it a simple 51-vote majority to confirm.

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One approach they could take is to say that as objectionable as they find Gorsuch's beliefs, he's qualified for the position and absent some truly insane views or criminality, the president should get his nominees confirmed.

Earlier this week, Schumer argued that no vote on Gorsuch should be taken until the FBI concludes its investigation into Russian meddling allegedly meant to help Trump win the presidency. Chuck Schumer told Politico in an interview.

The Constitution gives the president power to nominate not just Supreme Court justices but also judges on the court of appeals and district court judges. But for Wednesday's hearing, they ran up the white flag, with CBS and NBC running very short news briefs while ABC failed to mention Gorsuch nor the hearing at all.

It's almost certain President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will eventually be confirmed. If the Democrats are able to maintain a filibuster against the confirmation of Gorsuch for some period of time, the Republicans will change the voting rules applicable to Supreme Court nominees, thereby ending the filibuster.

No Democrats have come out in favor of him yet. "Most Americans question whether we need a Supreme Court justice with the vision of Donald Trump", commented Sen.

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