Confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee

Posted March 21, 2017

Neil Gorsuch is sworn in on the first day of his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee. Progressives want commitments now, even before hearings get fully underway. "We must be clear: This fight is not about defensive electoral politics, it's about our rights as Americans and our democracy as a whole".

"I don't know how we got here, but here's what I hope: we turn around and go back to where we were because what we are doing will destroy the judiciary over time", Graham said.

Another Democrat, U.S. Sen. Still, he would not definitively say that he planned to vote against the judge.

The hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch opened this morning. The other Democrats on the committee are Patrick Leahy (VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Al Franken (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Dick Durbin (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Christopher A. Coons (DE), and Mazie Hirono (HI).

Gorsuch has quietly made the rounds of Senate offices and mostly avoided controversy. Be that as it may, as many, many outlets, including pro-abortion liberal publications, acknowledge, the Republicans were under no obligation to hold confirmation hearings on him past year. 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.

He also cited issues like the environment, women's reproductive health, immigration and whether Gorsuch would be independent of Republican President Donald Trump's administration as concerns continue on his ties to Russian Federation. But as that vote - with the 60-vote threshold - is technically a procedural vote, some Democrats may be tempted to vote in favor of it as a compromise and not risk being labeled an obstructionist.

"We have seen [Sen.] Chuck Schumer and some of the Democrats ... trying to paint Gorsuch as nonresponsive", she said. In early March a group of 11 progressive political organizations signed a letter demanding that all Senate Democrats refuse to confirm. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. Drawing on the work of conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, Gorsuch argued that the Due Process Clause has been stretched "beyond recognition" when the Court interpreted it to be "the repository of other substantive rights not expressly enumerated in the text of the Constitution or its amendments". "And for neutral and independent judges to apply the law in the people's disputes". Warren said during the event. Though former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to replace Scalia, Republicans - who then and now hold a majority in Congress - refused to proceed with Garland's nomination.

"A native of Colorado, Neil has demonstrated tremendous intelligence, character and fairness while serving for more than a decade on the United States Court of of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit", wrote Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback who spent the entirety of his 16-year playing career in Denver. "He has a very, very conservative record".