National WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald Trump's nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court is sworn in and makes his statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first of day of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Monday March 20, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Published on March 29th, 2017 | by Kyle Shatto

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Gorsuch Having No Such Luck in Senate Vote

Democrats had a small win this week, delaying the confirmation vote of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. President Donald Trump’s nominee is still on track for confirmation despite democratic efforts because of a strong Republican backing.

At least 15 democrats and independents, led by minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York, have announced their opposition to Gorsuch, citing that he has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.

“Gorsuch is a fine example of the kind of original intent approach to the constitution we need in our Supreme Court,” Tyler Hillier, former College Republicans President said. “He is extremely qualified, and it would be in the best interest of the Democratic senators to ensure his quick passage through the senate, so our highest court can get to work again.”

WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald Trump's nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court is sworn in and makes his statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first of day of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Monday March 20, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

After two days of intense questioning in the confirmation process, several Democrats have had concerns with Gorsuch’s lack of answers. They also cited that he would not be an independent voice for Trump who nominated him back in January.

The republican senators back Gorsuch and the GOP holds a 52-48 majority in senate. They praised his testimony saying that he showed humility and great separation of powers.

Opposition from Democratic senators was framed from Gorsuch refusing to give his personal views on “hot topic” issues such as abortion, campaign funding and other issues they brought to the table.

“Democrats were swindled out of their right to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice under the Obama administration and absolutely have the right to be upset,” Hailey Jenkins, former College Democrats President said. “ However, Gorsuch is completely qualified, moderate and does not deserve to be treated by Democrats as anything but such. Any candidate who has made it this far in their legal career would not risk unjust behavior for the sake of political aims.”

With the Democratic push to delay the confirmation, the hearing will now take place on April 3. The democratic opposition means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have to hold a procedural vote requiring 60 votes to move forward.

McConnell hopes to have the vote confirmed by April 7 before the Senate takes a two-week recess and in time for the Court’s spring hearings.

 

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