23 March 2017

MY E MAIL TO SENATORS KAINE AND WARNER ON NEIL GORSUCH &Schumer Says He'll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP 23MAR17

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YOU should e mail your Senators (click here) your opposition to neil gorsuch's nomination to the US Supreme Court and your support for a filibuster against him.

I expect you to oppose Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. Not only do I expect you to oppose his nomination but I also expect you to support and participate in the filibuster of his nomination. His views are so extremely right wing he is a threat to the civil liberties, civil rights and human rights guaranteed in the American Constitution. The damage he will do from the bench will long outlast the damage to our Republic the trump-pence administration plans. He must NOT be approved as the next Supreme Court Justice.

Schumer Says He'll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP

Neil Gorsuch testifies Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET
On the final day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Senate Democratic leader announced his opposition to the Supreme Court nominee.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer said Gorsuch "will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation," setting up a showdown with Republican leaders who may attempt to change Senate rules.
Republicans control 52 Senate seats and would need eight Democrats to join them to move Gorsuch's nomination forward under current Senate rules. Short of that, Republican Senate leaders may trigger the so-called nuclear option, changing the rules to allow a simple majority to proceed.
Schumer said Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me he'd be an independent check" on President Trump. He said Gorsuch was not "a neutral legal mind, but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology."
Addressing Republicans, Schumer said if Gorsuch "cannot earn 60 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."
Democrats changed Senate rules in 2013 to require a simple majority on most presidential nominees, but they left in place the supermajority requirement for Supreme Court nominees.
Progressive groups have been urging Democrats to uniformly oppose all of Trump's nominees. But several are facing tough re-election campaigns next year in states that Trump won in November. One of them, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Thursday he will oppose Gorsuch, saying he does not think "Judge Gorsuch's judicial approach will ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania."
Democrats have expressed frustration with Gorsuch's testimony before the Judiciary Committee, in which he sidestepped most of their questions aimed at getting a sense of how he might rule on the high court. Many are also still angry that President Obama's nominee for the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, Judge Merrick Garland, was never given a hearing by Republicans.