Many of these seats are open because, when Republicans retook the Senate in 2015, confirmation of Obama nominees essentially stopped.
Gorsuch's nomination is the latest assault in The Federalist's successful 30-year campaign to stack the judiciary with right-wing judges and shape the law to favor corporations over workers. It's known as the "nuclear option", rewriting the Senate rules by simple majority to kill the option of filibustering a Supreme Court nominee. "It's to change the nominee", he said, according to the Washington Post.
One conservative senator asserted that unless the Democrats voted overwhelmingly for Gorsuch the country will descend into further divisiveness.
Republicans have vowed to change Senate procedures if Democrats do so to quickly confirm Gorsuch - but Schumer suggested they should focus instead on Trump's nominee.
Another witness was Jeff Perkins, father of an autistic son who Gorsuch ruled against in 2008 in a special-education dispute using legal reasoning repudiated by the Supreme Court in a related case on Wednesday.
Schumer joins seven other Democratic senators - including Sen.
Applied to Trump's potential future nominees, that would give Republicans the ability to easily shift the court's ideology to the right, should more vacancies be created during his term by Democrat-appointed Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Stephen Breyer, or so-called "swing voter" Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Now, host Ari Melber said that Gorsuch is the flawless pick for legal conservatives and Trump supporters, which was seen from the initial reactions to his nomination.
Fischer dismisses comparisons of Schumer's threat to action, or inaction, taken by Senate Republicans previous year when they ignored President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. Chuck Schumer told Politico in an interview.
Still, we have nine Democrats who said that Gorsuch deserves a hearing and a vote.
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch regarding his qualifications for a lifetime position on the U.S. Supreme Court. Chuck Schumer, said today.
Nonetheless, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey announced on Thursday that he would oppose Gorsuch's nomination and vote "no" on any effort to end debate on the nomination.
"I've heard a lot of different theories about how to proceed, but I just think every member of the U.S. Senate has to engage, I believe, or should engage, in the review I just outlined", he said, referring to his analysis of past Gorsuch decisions.