U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face tough scrutiny at his Senate confirmation hearing starting on Monday, with Democrats seeking to make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president.
The court's ideological balance is at stake.
"Remember the Judiciary Committee once stood against a court-packing scheme of a Democratic president that would have eroded judicial independence, and that was a proud moment", Leahy said.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., held a press conference with individuals he argued had been hurt by Gorsush's past rulings. At that point, Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to join them in moving the nomination to a final vote.
Judging from some letters we received and published throughout 2016, a driving motive behind the quest for Republican victory was the fear Hillary Clinton as president would upset the balance of power on the U.S. Supreme Court, tilting it to the left, possibly for a generation or more.
The question, Feinstein said of Gorsuch, is "whether he will protect the legal and constitutional rights of all Americans".
"The procedural path through confirmation may be a bit murky at the moment", he added, "but I think we are nonetheless talking about the next Supreme Court justice to be seated".
Sisk said in her letter that she shared her experience because Gorsuch's "values shared during that class were concerning and should be explored further during his confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court".
1 with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He begins confirmation hearings in front of the Senate on March 20. "I could be wrong, though, because [the] Democratic base is furious and may demand that the Democrats go after Gorsuch with everything they've got".
Mr McConnell, however, said in his interpretation of the rules a two-thirds majority would be required to eliminate a filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. The judiciary committee has 11 Republicans and nine Democrats, and the GOP has a 52-48 advantage in the Senate as a whole.
While the majority of Democrats are expected to oppose Gorsuch's nomination, there has been palpable frustration among progressive activists that more of them have not yet publicly declared which way they intend to vote.
Gorsuch "implied that women intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage" them, Sisk said in a letter to lawmakers last week.
Leahy criticized Trump for relying on conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society past year to vet and recommend his list of potential Supreme Court picks.
Durbin also told the judge, "You're going to have your hands full with this president", who has attacked individual judges who ruled against him. A study performed by legal scholars determined that the 49-year-old's ideology is in line with that of his predecessor Scalia, a favorite among conservatives. He wrote several op-ed pieces to tout the judge's qualifications, refute criticism and encourage senators to refrain from questions that would politicize the process. "I firmly believe the Constitution is a living document that evolves as our country evolves", she said, adding that if some justices had not treated it as such, we would still have segregated schools and unequal protections for women.