Sen. McCaskill says she will oppose Gorsuch

If Democrats do filibuster the nomination, it seems very likely that Republicans will respond by changing Senate rules to ban filibustering of Supreme Court nominations.

The group's latest push comes as Senate Democrats are trying to block Gorsuch's nomination from reaching a final vote.

Their statements come a day after the first two Democrats said they would back Trump's pick, giving Republicans who control the chamber two of the eight Democratic votes they need to avoid a fight.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been the loudest voice opposing Gorsuch, threatening that there will be awful consequences if the GOP changes Senate rules, as the Democrats did under Harry Reid several years ago for other nominees, and allow for a simple majority to end debate and move to an up-or-down vote.

"Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice", Cornyn said. Then Democrats took the step in 2013 when they grew frustrated over lower court nominees getting blocked, but left the Supreme Court subject to a 60-vote threshold.

At the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Ranking Member, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House Archives produced over 180,000 pages of email and paper records related to Judge Gorsuch's time at the DOJ.

In a statement on Twitter Friday afternoon, U.S. Sen. That fits in nicely with the crowd that's arguing Democrats should preserve the option to filibuster the next nominee-as if the outcome would be any different during the next Supreme Court battle.

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Mrs. McCaskill acknowledged she is feeding the "polarized politics" that have ensnared Washington, but said Judge Gorsuch was too extreme for her tastes.

She said the ads "will force vulnerable senators up for re-election.to decide between keeping their Senate seats or following Chuck Schumer's liberal, obstructionist agenda". You can not vote for Gorsuch, ' " McCaskill said in the recording, which was verified by her office.

"I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns".

Conservative organizations, including the National Rifle Association, are spending millions of dollars to pressure the 10 Democratic senators facing reelection next year in states that Trump won.

"While I have come to the conclusion that I can't support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court - and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation - I remain very anxious about our polarized politics and what the future will bring, since I'm certain we will have a Senate rule change that will usher in more extreme judges in the future", McCaskill wrote in a post on Medium. Still, Coons appeared highly disappointed in some of Gorsuch's answers last week, and he said on MSNBC that he doubts Gorsuch will be able to get the 60 votes needed to advance through the process. Along with Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary Committee's senior Democrat, told Gorsuch.

"It just continues on a downward spiral; it's us that's to blame, it's the base, it's responding to the base on each side", said Sen.

Democrats, when they controlled the Senate, changed the rules and used the option to overcome Republican objections to federal judges below the Supreme Court level.

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