Sen. McCaskill says she will oppose Gorsuch

Posted April 07, 2017

Nominated by President Trump, Gorsuch impressed Feinstein, with at least nine Senate Democrats saying they support a hearing and a vote for him.

The senator pointed to Gorsuch's court record for why she would vote 'no'.

Republicans hoped to persuade McCaskill and other Democratic senators to help break a filibuster to advance Gorsuch's nomination according to CNN. If they can, the unlimited debate enabled by the filibuster will end and an up-or-down vote will occur in which Gorsuch needs only a majority to prevail. In 2013, Democrats were in the majority and upset about appellate court nominees getting blocked. Liberal groups bought national TV ads backing Elena Kagan, Obama's last Supreme Court nominee, in 2010.

- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that his thoughts about Neil Gorsuch's politics shouldn't enter into his decision whether to confirm Gorsuch as a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jon Tester, pressing the Montana Democrat to vote to confirm President Donald Trump's choice to fill the Supreme Court seat. Hillary Clinton won Colorado by 5 points.

A vote on the nominee is scheduled for Friday April 7.

Democrats are attempting use a procedural hurdle called a filibuster that requires 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote in the 100-seat U.S. Senate.

She said Gorsuch has a "rigid ideology" favoring corporate interests over working people.

Regardless, Gorsuch "did not convince people he was independent and thoughtful and down the middle", Schumer said - a sentiment echoed by other Democrats in recent days.

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McCaskill said her decision was "really hard", adding, "While I have come to the conclusion that I can't support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court - and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation - I remain very anxious about our polarized politics and what the future will bring, since I'm certain we will have a Senate rule change that will usher in more extreme judges in the future". Republicans on Friday accused her of pandering to liberal members of the base. He, too, has expressed concern about a change in the Senate rules and has been a part of informal conversations to find a way to avert a course that leads to the nuclear option.

Schumer warned against the rules change in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, arguing that Republicans would be the ones to blame if it does occur. But Bennet made it clear that he was introducing Gorsuch out of tradition and that he wasn't necessarily signaling how he'd vote.

Gorsuch received a boost Thursday when Sens.

Two Democratic senators facing re-election next year in pro-Trump states, West Virginia's Joe Manchin and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, announced this week they will support Gorsuch.

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McCaskill told donors that she would be "very comfortable voting against" Gorsuch because of what she perceived as Gorsuch's favoritism toward corporations in past rulings on the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Judicial Crisis Network's chief counsel and policy director, Carrie Severino, praised the senators for backing Gorsuch.

Judge Gorsuch sat for three rounds of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee totaling almost 20 hours.