Senate to vote April 7 on US Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

Senate to vote April 7 on US Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

But the judge repeatedly avoided giving his personal view on issues and landmark Supreme Court decisions.

If McConnell cannot get the 60 votes to end debate, he could call for what is known as the "nuclear option" - a change in Senate rules calling for a simple majority to end the filibuster and hold a conformation vote.

"After the Senate's unprecedented abdication of constitutional responsibility with respect to the Garland nomination, we must begin to restore faith in the Supreme Court", Van Hollen said.

McConnell didn't directly answer if that's his plan, but promised that they'd get the "extraordinarily well-qualified" Gorsuch onto the court one way or the other. Almost half of the Senate's 46 Democrats say they will oppose his confirmation. "Since I've been here over the last decade, it's been a spiral to the bottom", he said.

Additionally, in 2008, Judge Gorsuch ruled against the parent of a severely autistic boy, Luke, who sought an education that would meet his special needs. "No one has plausibly made an argument that this is not the kind of person we'd want on the Supreme Court".

In a statement released Wednesday, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate referenced contraception and abortion rights in announcing that he will vote against cloture and the final confirmation for Gorsuch.

The topic of doing away with the 60-vote threshold for a Supreme Court nominee, sometime referred to as the "nuclear option", came up when GOP senators gathered Tuesday behind closed doors. There were suspicions about Judge Gorsuch.

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Her vote was criticized by Republicans in MI and Washington. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said he hopes it doesn't get to that point and questioned "whether long term it makes any sense at all". So, let me be clear, he was handpicked by special interests, is supported by special interests, and has a record of siding with special interests.

Every president has the privilege to nominate the justice of their choice ( not the Senate's choice) to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I'm here to tell you he's going to be on the Supreme Court because he's earned the right to be there", Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell certainly isn't one to be plagued by guilt.

Toomey suggested he would support changing the rules if Democrats insist on reaching the 60-vote threshold of the nomination. That should give many Americans pause, and it certainly gives pause to me.

What the Republicans did to Garland was wrong. "This is the man who broke 230 years of precedent and held Judge Garland up for a year and a half and now is complaining?" And that was worse than a filibuster. Republicans are just as determined to confirm him.

But the exact math behind breaking a filibuster or changing the Senate rules did not yet appear to add up as of Tuesday evening.