Graham said he hopes Republicans do not use the nuclear option to get Gorsuch's confirmation votes. If eventually confirmed as expected, the federal appeals court judge from Colorado would restore a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, fulfilling one of Trump's top campaign promises.
Schumer's announcement notwithstanding, it's unclear if Democratic leadership will pressure members of the caucus to vote with them in support of the filibuster.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is a "no" on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Democrats abolished the 60-vote threshold for judicial nominees at former Sen. "My vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same".
White House spokesman Sean Spicer called Schumer's remarks "truly disappointing" and urged him to abandon the filibuster threat, saying it was the type of partisanship Americans have grown exhausted of. Schumer said the 49-year-old Coloradan would not serve as a check on Trump or be a mainstream justice. But the investigation has only made emphasized the need to vet Gorsuch to make sure he can be impartial with President Trump as president. Sen. One of them, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Thursday he will oppose Gorsuch, saying he does not think "Judge Gorsuch's judicial approach will ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania".
He said he plans to hold a final vote to confirm Gorsuch by the time the Senate leaves for its two-week spring recess April 7.
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, facing re-election in Wisconsin next year, also opposes the nomination, a spokesman said.
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That does not mean Bennet is ruling out supporting a filibuster. How will the Russian Federation investigation affect Neil Gorsuch's confirmation?
"To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules I say: If this nominee can not earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President [Barack] Obama's nominees, and President [George W.] Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules - it's to change the nominee", Schumer said. Such a change also would apply to future Supreme Court nominees and would be especially important in the event that Trump gets to fill another opening and replace a liberal justice or Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's so-called swing vote. [He is] not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology. They might try to change Senate rules to force a quick vote.
On Thursday, the committee heard about six hours of testimony from witnesses supporting and opposing Gorsuch, including representatives of the American Bar Association, the lawyers group that evaluates such nominees and gave Gorsuch its highest rating of "well qualified".
"If this nominee can not earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules". Harry Reid's direction in 2013, but preserved the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
Perkins said Gorsuch set a "new low standard" for educational benefits school districts must offer disabled students.