Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has suggested that Democrats would attempt to delay the Gorsuch nomination because of the FBI investigation into potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. "My vote will be "no", and I urge my colleagues to do the same", he added.
Chuck Schumer said Judge Neil Gorsuch favoured the "powerful over the weak" and failed to answer "question after question" in his confirmation hearing. "It's to change the nominee", he said, according to the Washington Post. Bob Casey both said Thursday they'd vote no on Gorsuch's nomination. Under current Senate rules, 60 votes are required to stop a filibuster and proceed to an up-or-down vote requiring only a simple majority.
One approach they could take is to say that as objectionable as they find Gorsuch's beliefs, he's qualified for the position and absent some truly insane views or criminality, the president should get his nominees confirmed.
Senate Democrats opposed to Gorsuch aren't making their case now based on a tit-for-tat around Garland but on the merits of his record. Gorsuch said that he has no intentions of considering Trump's standing regarding controversial topics such as abortion and stressed: "No man is above the law". Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) to introduce Gorsuch at his first committee hearing, saying he's "keeping an open mind" about the nomination and praising numerous judge's qualities. Harry Reid (D-NV) who led Democrats in going nuclear over presidential nominations to the executive branch and every federal court except the Supreme Court.
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There's also an important political goal that can be served by elevating this controversy, even if Gorsuch can't be stopped.
But if Schumer manages to stop the nomination via an early April filibuster vote, it could force Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to try to get Gorsuch through using the so-called nuclear option.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer said that Gorsuch "will have to earn" the 60 votes needed to overcome the Democrats' filibuster. "I suggest we fulfill our responsibility to this nominee and the country by considering his nomination in the manner his predecessor deserved but was denied".