The Gorsuch Hearing: Nuts and Bolts

Posted March 20, 2017

Confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begin today at 11 a.m. ET.

Grassley drew criticism throughout past year for refusing to hold a Judiciary Committee hearing for President Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy created in February of 2016 when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died.

Sen. Patrick Leahy called it an "extraordinary blockade" that was "totally unprecedented in our country's whole history". The next Supreme Court justice will help determine whether our courts will serve the interests of all of us or bend to the will of the powerful moneyed few who helped place them on the court.

Gorsuch is expected to clear both votes, considering Republicans have the Senate majority. President Bush's two nominees, John Roberts and Samuel. Ted Cruz told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Funded by reactionary billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Richard Scaife, The Federalist Society has waged a brilliant 30-year war to take over the American judiciary and reshape it to their oligarchic liking by stacking the courts with judges (like Neil Gorscuh) aligned with their pro-corporate, anti-middle class agenda.

Democrats should avoid mimicking the obstructionism Republicans applied with former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland - whose nomination they refused to act on at all - and instead ply Gorsuch with critical questions, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday. If confirmed, he would fill the vacancy created when Scalia died 13 months ago. McConnell said whether or not that happens is up to Democrats. "Now Republicans on this committee are guilty of their own court-unpacking scheme".

Democrats, under intense pressure from liberal base voters horrified by the Trump presidency, entered the hearings divided over how hard to fight Gorsuch's nomination given that the mild-mannered jurist is no right-wing bomb thrower and is widely expected to win confirmation in the end, one way or another. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. "We need you to do better".

· Citizens United which held that corporations are persons with the same First Amendment rights as actual people and that unlimited contributions by billionaires and corporations to Super PACS, often run by a candidates' family members and former top campaign aides, are not corrupting.

"If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court, then you have to believe Trump was going to win to begin with", Graham said.

His remarks were followed by California Sen.

Casey did not cite specific cases, but expressed concerns about Gorsuch's rulings that have pertained to the health and safety of workers and of the rights of those with disabilities.

"For those of us on this side, our job is not to theoretically evaluate this or that legal doctrine or to review Judge Gorsuch's record in a vacuum".

Gorsuch, 49, is viewed as a constitutional conservative. At the same time, Republicans are pushing through legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Though Sisk told NPR that Gorsuch was, overall, a good professor and she did not want to prevent him from teaching, she chose to send the letter to the Senate Judiciary committee "so that the proper questions could be asked during his confirmation hearings".

Gorsuch will appear before senators later Monday looking to pin him down on his conservative philosophy.