Grassley Slams Schumer, Says Supreme Court Has Been 'Poisoned'

Posted March 26, 2017

"There's been nearly a seismic shift in the caucus (against Gorsuch)", Senate Democratic Leader Sen.

Sen. Schumer announced he will vote against Gorsuch during a speech from the Senate floor. "My vote will be "no", and I urge my colleagues to do the same", he added.

"[Gorsuch] is someone who nearly instinctively favors the powerful over the weak, corporations over working Americans", Schumer concluded, referencing the now-infamous of the freezing truck driver.

For months, Senate Republicans have threatened what is often called the "nuclear option" - exempting Supreme Court nominees from filibusters.

Graham said he hoped that they would not have to change Senate rules.

Casey was asked for his reaction to the different tactics Democrats might use to delay the nomination, such as a filibuster that would require Gorsuch to reach 60 votes.

"We can not demand perfection from Supreme Court justices", the senator said. The effort was successful in getting Obama's nominees confirmed, but it also means that it is now harder for Democrats to block Trump's nominees to the lower federal courts.

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Now, host Ari Melber said that Gorsuch is the ideal pick for legal conservatives and Trump supporters, which was seen from the initial reactions to his nomination. Chuck Schumer told Politico in an interview.

Thursday's first witness, the American Bar Association, gave Judge Gorsuch its highest rating of "well qualified".

Republicans' only other option would be to invoke the so-called "nuclear option" and change Senate rules to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations.

"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.

No Democrats have come out in favor of him yet.

"I have met with Judge Gorsuch, followed the hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and studied his record, and decided that I can't support his confirmation", Udall said in a statement.

"I would very much appreciate this, if you would think about the issue, I would appreciate it if you would keep an open mind as you move forward on this process".