Senator Richard Blumenthal discusses Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Posted March 21, 2017

For the executive to ensure those laws are faithfully enforced.

After Trump's election, Obama-nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland resumed his seat on the D.C. Circuit.

Gorsuch, while nominated by Trump, has already spoken out against the President's attacks against US judges in the wake of his overturned travel ban.

"If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court, then you had to believe Trump was going to win to begin with". Many Democrats, including Blumenthal, have high expectations for Gorsuch.

Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination hearing to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court was aptly characterized Monday by Gorsuch: "This is quite a lot different than the last time I was here". Forty-one percent said they would not be justified in doing so. He said in a statement last month that he has "real concerns" about Gorsuch's judicial philosophy and some of his past opinions.

Only a "small handful" of students indicated that they did, Sisk says in the letter that was published online by the New York Daily News.

Once the Senate gets past procedural votes, it can hold a simple majority vote to confirm. Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said he expects a committee vote on Gorsuch's nomination on April 3, which would allow the full Senate to take up the nomination that week. "Some of my colleagues seem to have rediscovered an appreciation for the need to confine each branch of government to its proper sphere".

Grassley was quick to accuse Democrats of already engaging in partisan politics.

Senator Patrick Leahy criticized Gorsuch because of his support from conservative interest groups the Vermont lawmaker called "anti-choice, anti-environment and pro-corporate".

"Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you that I'm a big fan of his", said Mr. Elway in a Monday letter.

But, as Republicans have argued since year, Graham pointed to skepticism former Vice President Joe Biden once expressed about the Senate vetting a Supreme Court nominee late in a president's administration.

Feinstein also spent time defending the "settled law" of the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade that established a woman's right to have an abortion.

Republicans sought to emphasize that Gorsuch was not President Trump. "Suffice it to say, the issues we are examining today are consequential", Feinstein said. "He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination".

"Despite all this, you are entitled to be judged on merits", Sen.

Gorsuch invoked his learning at the hand of Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch clerked. He did give prepared opening remarks at the end of the hearing, saying that in his decade on the bench he'd tried to treat everyone who came before him "fairly and with respect".

Levesque said Ayotte is uniquely suited to be Gorsuch's guide through the Senate, and he credited the president with recognizing it.