A federal appellate judge nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2006, Gorsuch would fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death a year ago of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
“It’s always hard to say how a judge is going to affect the ideology of the Supreme Court”, attorney Mark Champoux told Anne Trujillo on this week’s Politics Unplugged. “Those things never mattered to Judge Gorsuch”, said Theresa Watson, a former Gorsuch law clerk.
The open seat on the Supreme Court represents an opportunity to secure decisions based on the Constitution for the next generation, and it is an opportunity my colleagues and I take very seriously.
With no credible rationale to oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, but with Democrats’ grass roots still furious over Republican refusal to confirm Judge Merrick Garland previous year, Schumer has resorted to vapid populism. The hearing comes at the end of more than a.
Gorsuch also sided with Hobby Lobby in a case over the rights of employers to withhold reproductive health care benefits that conflict with the employer’s religious views.
Led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary Committee’s senior Democrat, skeptical lawmakers will nonetheless do their best to shake Gorsuch, who will be present for opening statements Monday and a full day of direct questioning Tuesday.
Gorsuch’s nomination “is not the product just of ordinary Washington political decision-making but rather a presidential election decided by the American people”, Cruz said.
Brettschneider’s piece extrapolates from Gorsuch’s writing on physician-assisted suicide to determine how Gorsuch would likely lean in the case of marriage equality.
During the March 14 press call, Whitehouse said Senate Democrats are concerned that the Supreme Court majority has become a “tool of the Republican Party” to preserve power for Republican candidates and corporations.
Carrie Severino, who is leading JCN’s work on the Gorsuch fight, said she was somewhat surprised by Democrats’ lack of spending – and that it was easier to make their argument on less-cluttered airwaves.
For critics of the nominee – any nominee – the object is drama, even confrontation. However, Republicans may not be able to get enough Democratic votes to move forward on the nomination.
As the world’s greatest deliberative body takes up consideration of a nominee for the highest court in the land, it is time to put into action the reverence we share for the United States Constitution. Gorsuch has consistently ruled on the side of wealthy, corporate interests, and against women, workers, and immigrants.
In truth, nominees answer as much as they have to. Before he died in February 2016, Scalia had amassed the worst voting record on LGBT issues of any justice on the high court.
Some of the issues that normally animate Supreme Court confirmation hearings won’t depend upon Gorsuch. “Only by insisting that Judge Gorsuch answer these questions will the Committee fulfill its responsibility to the American people, and reveal the extent to which his nomination jeopardizes rights and liberties that many Americans believe are secure”.
President Trump’s choice to sit on the Supreme Court will get his turn in the political spotlight Monday after laying low for weeks.
“I have deep, deep doubts about him and his judicial demeanor, and the fact that he appears to be a calm, erudite person is not the key issue here”, Schumer said.