Chuck Schumer Says Democrats Will Filibuster Gorsuch

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Schumer's announcement Thursday came on the final day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Schumer said that Senate Democrats weren't impressed by Gorsuch, and he warned that it is going to be hard for him to get 60 votes.

Chuck Schumer said Judge Neil Gorsuch favoured the "powerful over the weak" and failed to answer "question after question" in his confirmation hearing.

Senate Democrats invoked the nuclear option in November 2013 to change the supermajority rule for lower court nominees, in order to push through President Obama's nominees to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

"If this nominee can not earn 60 votes-a bar met by each of President [Barack] Obama's nominees, and George Bush's last two nominees-the answer isn't to change the rules. It's to change the nominee". Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Thursday warned against judges "with ice water in their veins".

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She has been politically active even before Trump was sworn into office and has accompanied her father to meetings. It's yet more uncharted ethical ground for an administration already wracked with conflicts-of-interest concerns.

"It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency", Schumer said on Tuesday. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, have all said they are no votes on Gorsuch.

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.

There's also an important political goal that can be served by elevating this controversy, even if Gorsuch can't be stopped. Kirsten Gillibrand - who have said they'll oppose Gorsuch.

"Instead of an umpire calling balls and strikes in baseball, what we really saw was an expert - a well-trained expert - in dodgeball, " Schumer said.

As Senate Democrats float new options for complicating a vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Republicans appear ready to return fire with a bomb of their own - a nuclear one. With Gorsuch expected to tip the Supreme Court scales toward conservatives, Democrats are especially concerned about what Gorsuch will mean for a number of traditionally liberally causes, including women's reproductive rights.