Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

Posted March 21, 2017

"They don't have any good arguments against Gorsuch, but they're furious that we are going to have a conservative nominated and confirmed".

Gorsuch has been nominated to fill the seat left vacant after conservative firebrand Justice Antonin Scalia died previous year.

During the opening day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, Democrats consistently noted the GOP's refusal to provide Garland due consideration.

Gorsuch can expect a 10-hour grilling on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Grassley opened the hearing with a statement where he talked about the U.S. Constitution, saying its most important feature is the separation of powers. While the Constitution protects judges from external political pressures, the impartial judge also strives to maintain his independence from internal political pressures. If approved by the Senate, Mr Gorsuch would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. She then outlined her concerns with some of Gorsuch's past writings that hinted he opposed Roe v. Wade, calling the case a "super precedent" that legalized abortion and gave women a right to privacy. Michael Bennet from his home state of Colorado.

He also noted the addition of Gorsuch, who now lives in Colorado, would improve geographic diversity in the Supreme Court.

Democrats could attempt to filibuster the nomination, though Republicans have enough votes to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" of exempting Supreme Court nominees from the filibuster.

Gardner's remarks fit that theme, painting Gorsuch as a judge who follows the written law without effort to interject his own policy preferences.

"Merrick Garland was definitely a consensus candidate". However, win or lose this case will undoubtedly be heard by the Supreme Court with Gorsuch, who is no fan of regulatory overreach on the bench. President Bush's two nominees, John Roberts and Samuel. That freezing night was "not as cold as your dissent, Judge Gorsuch", Democratic Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joked that he was certainly no fan of Trump during the campaign and made the case that Republicans didn't blockade Garland's nomination to allow Trump to make a nomination because a lot of them didn't believe Trump would win.

I think they learned that he is willing to be a judge, and not be a legislator, and I think he tells best what he's up to when he says a judge that likes all his decisions isn't a very good judge.

"The Senate owes the president some deference with regard to Supreme Court nominees", Republican Sen.

Progressives have pushed Democrats to reject Gorsuch. That was a proud moment.

ADA Iowa, a member of the Why Courts Matter coalition, presented a petition with more than 1,500 signatures asking Grassley and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the former committee chairman, said the "unprecedented obstruction" by Republicans of the Garland nomination "is one of the greatest stains on the 200-year history of this committee".