Tester Undecided On Supreme Court Nomination VoteBy Darlene Powers Apr 03, 2017
"We need a U.S. Supreme Court justice who will stand up for equal justice for all".
"That's a dumb strategic move for Democrats", one conservative strategist from an outside group said. But the threat of the filibuster has always been there, which may have led some presidents to choose less extreme nominees.
Democrats have been playing this game for years, embracing one standard when it suits them only to do an about-face later.
"This vote does not diminish how disturbed I am by what Republicans did to Judge Garland", she added. Note that a Senate with no less than 60 Republicans should be capable of demolishing Democrat obstructionism.
An uncompromising attitude towards Trump's pick might seem unfair to a President in the early days of his term, but for many Democrats the obstruction of Merrick Garland's chance of even getting a fair hearing and the massive loss of opportunity to help balance the Court, leaves nearly no room for compromise or complacency.
McCaskill was struggling with her decision as recently as Thursday, when she declined to talk to reporters about which way she was leaning.
McCaskill's comments came after The Kansas City Star released an audio recording of her talking to Democratic donors over the weekend.
As for Manchin and Heitkamp, Schumr said: "I've made my arguments to every member including them and each member is going to make his or her own decision".
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Schumer said in light of the withdrawal of the House bill the president should no longer attempt to undermine the Obama law. Congress is fast approaching a deadline to pass government-wide spending legislation or face a shutdown.
Schumer says McConnell is acting like he has no choice, but "that is bunk".
While even Democrat stalwarts like Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have praised Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to filibuster his nomination. Schumer says Trump could select a new nominee. "Under those circumstances, there is no incentive for the Republicans to negotiate".
Both Louisiana senators are Republican regulars, Bill Cassidy and John N. Kennedy, and are likely to back Gorsuch. Democratic leaders have vowed to filibuster, meaning at least eight Democrats would have to break ranks to ensure the 60 votes needed to end debate and force a vote.
Should they vote for Gorsuch and anger their liberal base? They hope mounting a filibuster can give them the moral high ground if and when Republicans change Senate rules. "It just doesn't wash". That includes Democratic Sen.
McCaskill announced her decision on Medium, becoming the 36th senator to confirm that he or she will refuse to invoke cloture on Gorsuch and allow him to proceed to an up-or-down vote to fill the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia's death in 2016.
At the same time, Gorsuch noted that he's been part of a unanimous panel in 97 percent of the approximately 2,700 cases he's helped decide; 99 percent of the time, he said, he's been in the majority.
Hawley, who worked as a clerk on the 10th Circuit during Gorsuch's first year on the bench, called the judge a "consummate professional" and "incredibly fair and independent-minded judge". The 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas was controversial yet there was no cloture vote, even though he was confirmed.
But, she said, she was also "very uncomfortable voting for a strategy that opens up a process where it only takes 51 votes" to approve a Supreme Court nominee.
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