Schumer Will Filibuster Gorsuch

In a statement on the Senate floor today, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he will force a cloture vote (triggering a requirement of 60 votes) on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.

It is with all this in mind that I have come to a decision about the current nominee: After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.

His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn sixty votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.

To my Republican friends who think that, if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach sixty votes, we oughta change the rules, I say: If this nominee cannot earn sixty votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules. It's to change the nominee.
Damn straight.

Schumer also said that Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check" on Trump, and that he is "not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology. He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs."

Right on. Thank you, Senator Schumer. Whether you ultimately succeed or fail in blocking Gorsuch, this is the right thing to do. And I am grateful that you are taking this stand.

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