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I hope Judge Gorsuch has listened to our debate here in the Senate, particularly about our concerns about the Supreme Court increasingly drifting towards becoming a more pro-corporate court that favors employers, corporations and special interests over working Americans. So we are charging Judge Gorsuch to be the independent and fair-minded justice that America badly needs. If he is instead a justice for the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, that will spell trouble for America.feedback
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Apr 08 2017
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I've never seen such dedication and action in the grass-roots communities since the Vietnam War, until this year. And you're really helping us.feedback

Unfortunately, the Constitution doesn't say that when the president's under investigation he loses the ability to do this.feedback

I cannot believe [McConnell] can stand here on the floor of the U.S. Senate and with a straight face say that Democrats are launching the first partisan filibuster of the Supreme Court nominee. What the majority leader did to Merrick Garland by denying him even a hearing and a vote is even worse than a filibuster. For him to accuse Democrats of the first partisan filibuster on the Supreme Court belies the facts, belies the history, belies the basic truth.feedback

Senator McConnell will have the world believe that his hands are tied – that the only option after Judge Gorsuch doesn't earn 60 votes is to break the rules to change the rules. That could not be further from the truth. We did not get our nominee when Senator McConnell broke 230 years of Senate precedent and didn't even allow Judge Garland a hearing and a vote. We lost one. They lost one.feedback

When Gorsuch refused to answer the most rudimentary questions in the hearings, after there were many doubts about him to begin with … there was a seismic change in my caucus. Our Republican friends are acting like, you know, they're a cat on the top of a tree and they have to jump off with all the damage that entails. Come back off the tree, sit down, and work with us and we will produce a mainstream nominee.feedback

I don't think there's any thirst to change the legislative rules – 60 votes for that. Most Democrats and most Republicans have served in both the minority and the majority and know what it means.feedback

It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60 vote margin, so instead of changing the rules, which is up to Mitch McConnell and Republican majority, why doesn't President Trump, Democrats and Republicans in Senate, sit down and try to come up with a mainstream nominee? Look, when a nominee doesn't get 60 votes, you shouldn't change the rules, you should change the nominee. Mitch McConnell broke 230 of precedent and didn't call him [Garland] up for a vote. It wasn't in the middle of an election campaign, it was March.feedback

There was a seismic change in my caucus, and it's highly, highly unlikely that he'll get 60. That's why you get a mainstream – that's how you get a mainstream justice. Just about every – Mitch calls it a 'filibuster.' We call it the 60-vote standard. Most Americans believe in the 60-vote standard.feedback

Senate Republicans are acting like if Gorsuch doesn't get 60 votes, they have no choice but to change the rules. That is bunk.feedback

It's not vengeance for us. It's not payback. If they change the rules, it's their volition.feedback

I don't think they'll be able to come to any kind of agreement. It's virtually impossible. I have not done the research. I'm not going to throw out a name now before the process unfolds.feedback

The answer is not to change the rules. It's to change the nominee. We believe there are Republicans who are reluctant to change the rules, and we hope they won't do it.feedback

We're worried that this president is more susceptible to overreach than any other, and Judge Gorsuch has not shown any independence.feedback

The bottom line is very simple, and that is that Gorsuch did not acquit himself well at the hearings and did not impress our caucus. It's going to be a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes.feedback

To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules I say: if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees, and President Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules – it's to change the nominee.feedback

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.feedback

After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. He declined to answer question after question with any substance. I say if this nominee cannot reach 60 votes...the answer isn't to change the rules. It's to change the nominee.feedback

President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was unanimously rebuked today by the Supreme Court.feedback

This is part of a continued, troubling pattern of Judge Gorsuch deciding against everyday Americans - even children who require special assistance at school.feedback

I think he's made a very poor impression on most, many of our members in his refusal to answer questions. There's absolutely no legal basis, other than hiding.feedback

There is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that's happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems very unseemly and there ought to be a delay. You can bet that if the shoe was on the other foot – and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI – that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances. After all, they stopped a president who wasn't under investigation from filling a seat with nearly a year left in his presidency.feedback

Given the chance, I have no doubt he'll do it again on the Supreme Court. I have some real doubts about He has been a judge who has favored the wealthy interests over the middle class. Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women's rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court.feedback

Judge Gorsuch may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show that he harbors a right-wing, pro-corporate special-interest agenda. He expresses a lot of empathy and sympathy for the less powerful, but when it comes time to rule, when the chips are down, far too often he sides with the powerful few over everyday Americans trying to just get a fair shake. We've seen that play out time and time again.feedback

The Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee, a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees. The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans. Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch's ability to meet this standard.feedback

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