Duckworth on Gorsuch: 'I Cannot Vote to Confirm Him'

Some Democrats have accused Republicans of "stealing" a Supreme Court seat past year when the Senate refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, appellate judge Merrick Garland.

"Senate Republicans played politics at its worst with an honorable, deeply qualified jurist - arguably the most well qualified nominee in modern history - who had always been supported by Republican and Democratic senators for his unmatched experience", she said.

Among Democrats, 64 percent within the poll want senators in their party to stop the Gorsuch confirmation compared to 31 percent, who say the party should not stop a final confirmation vote from happening. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota became the first two Democrats to announce their support for Gorsuch, and the only ones so far. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer would need at least eight of them to stick with him for a successful filibuster, since 33 Democrats - including both IL senators - have said they'd support a filibuster.

It's unclear if they will have those votes — of the 10 Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in states Trump won, five have already said they will vote against him.

The confirmation vote itself would require a simple majority in the chamber, which Republicans control 52-48.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not weighed in on the prospect of a deal with Democrats, but insists that Gorsuch will confirmed on Friday Apr. 7, with or without Democratic support.

"Senate Republicans are acting like if Gorsuch doesn't get 60 votes they have no choice but to change the rules", Schumer said. Along with Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen.

Trump made the appointment of conservative jurists to the Supreme Court a key promise during the 2016 presidential election.

When these Senators voted for all of Trump's cabinet appointees, some urged me to back off of the criticism - 'would you rather have no Democrats in these blue states at all?,' they asked.

"Supreme Court jurists should have an extensive career in law, a record of upholding the Constitution in their rulings, an established judicial philosophy and an appropriate temperament". In his four days of confirmation hearings, Judge Gorsuch did not show any ability to alleviate my concerns. He was previously a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department and is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25 years. "Just as I did when Merrick Garland was nominated, I met with Judge Gorsuch and evaluated his qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court".

"People like David Frederick - a longtime Democrat and board member of the left-leaning American Constitution Society - who may have summed it up best in a recent Washington Post op-ed".

And he defended Democratic plans to filibuster Gorsuch, even though that step has very rarely been used against Supreme Court nominees.

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