[He is] not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology.
The White House says it's "truly disappointing" that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has announced that he intends to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.
"My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same", Schumer added.
Feinstein noted that Merrick Garland, Democratic former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee who the Republican-led Senate a year ago refused to consider for confirmation, also earned the ABA's highest rating. But when McConnell announced this week that he meant to get Gorsuch confirmed by the Senate's Easter recess on April 7, that was a clock that forced the Democrats' hand. But in 2013, Senate Democrats employed a series of procedural maneuvers to change that requirement to a simple majority, or 51 votes, for all Cabinet-level and judicial nominations - except for those to the Supreme Court.
Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is also going on the record against Judge Gorsuch, saying his judicial approach will not ensure fairness for workers and families. But his decision to support the filibuster of Gorsuch is significant.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Democratic threats of delay, in the face of what he called Gorsuch's outstanding performance, stem from their base's refusal "to accept the outcome of the election".
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The nominee received glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.
"Judge Gorsuch is, by all accounts, a jurist in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia and a worthy and appropriate successor for his seat on the Court." said Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA-IL "The NRA has every confidence that Judge Gorsuch will protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and will faithfully apply the Constitution in the cases that come before him".
Schumer said Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me he'd be an independent check" on President Trump. Manchin spoke Wednesday after watching the nominee emerge unscathed from testimony to the Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to recommend Gorsuch's confirmation to the full Senate on April 3, and he is expected to be confirmed. Republicans now need 60 votes to confirm the judge, unless they trigger the so-called "nuclear option" to eliminate the filibuster and confirm Gorsuch with just 51 votes - although Schumer advised against it on Thursday. The deal centered on three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is not up for re-election next year and his state voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
If enough Democrats join Schumer in attempting to block Gorsuch's nomination, at least one Republican seems ready to go nuclear. Sen. How will the Russian Federation investigation affect Neil Gorsuch's confirmation?