President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee told a group of students previous year that companies need to protect themselves from women looking to take advantage of maternity benefits. Her recent piece for The Washington Post is headlined "Neil Gorsuch sides with big business, big donors and big bosses".
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch promised to be a "neutral and independent" member of the nation's highest court at the start of what promises to be a divisive hearing over a year-old vacancy.
All Gorsuch, 49, has to do is stick to what's mostly a well-worn script for nominees.
Some have argued that the Democrats should support Gorsuch and focus on blocking a future court nominee, but Blumenthal disagrees.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, has already made it known he will not participate in a filibuster.
Democrats plan to ask about the case of Alphonse Maddin, a truck driver fired for abandoning his trailer on the side of a road after waiting several hours in subzero temperatures for a fix truck.
Judge Gorsuch's testimony will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Gorsuch has served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006. But the GOP-controlled Senate is expected to confirm Gorsuch later this spring.
Gorsuch spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee after hours of opening statements from senators revealed deep partisan divides between Democrats and Republicans on the panel.
She also took issue with a couple of Gorsuch's cases that involved criminal gun possession and labor relations.
"He asked the class to raise their hands if they knew of a female who had used a company to get maternity benefits and then left right after having a baby". "He would be well-advised to express sympathy and concerns about some of the parties he ruled against as he explains to the committee that he had to apply the law as written, as he saw it". At that point, Judge Gorsuch became more animated saying "C'mon guys".
Rather, Trump views the judiciary as a tool for his own financial and political ends.
"Who sits on the Supreme Court should not simply evaluate legalistic theories and Latin phrases in isolation", she said. Alito said that "there needs to be a special justification for overruling a prior precedent". Alito Jr., also replaced Republican nominees. The well-publicized nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1987 saw Bork get just 42 votes in the Senate, when the Republicans had just 45 seats.
"This issue is very much on mind, judicial independence is absolutely critical", Blumenthal said.
The nomination of Judge Gorsuch has been a genuinely collaborative and transparent process. But we are going to be able to, I think, reveal, like, what's underpinning him, who does he think should govern in society. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed that the Senate will vote on Gorsuch's nomination before leaving for its April 8 Easter recess.
The clerks backing of Gorsuch is funded by the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political organization.
"I am deeply disappointed that it is under these circumstances that we begin these hearings", said Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Past Supreme Court decisions to strike down bans on gay sex and legalize same-sex marriage were based on an evolving view of who is protected by the Constitution, the letter continues.
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