Judge Neil Gorsuch's road to a Supreme Court seat got a bit bumpier.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he would join other Democrats in attempting to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.
That means the Senate would need 60 votes to approve his nomination, which it does not have if it comes down to a party-line vote. This means Republicans may vote to override the rules using the so-called nuclear option.
Judge Gorsuch's nomination will face a cloture vote & as I’ve said, he will have to earn sixty votes for confirmation. My vote will be “No.”— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 23, 2017
The answer isn't to change the rules. It's to change the nominee.
Schumer argues Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should not use the nuclear option but simply wait for a better candidate.
As The Washington Post reports, Schumer did not call on other Democrats to join him in his opposition. Many Democrats are under fire from conservative organizations spending millions to support Gorsuch.
If Judge Gorsuch can't achieve 60 votes in the Senate, could any judge appointed by a Republican president be approved?
McConnell argued that Democrats are being unreasonable.
If Gorsuch's appointment triggers a filibuster, it would be only the second filibuster over a justice in 47 years.
A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found 32 percent of the American public supported Gorsuch, with 20 percent opposed and 48 percent having no opinion.
Thursday marked the first day of testimony of witnesses before the Senate regarding Gorsuch. Some praised his independence and legal acuity, while others called him a threat to working people and people with disabilities.
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