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Progressive groups demand a filibuster against Trump's Supreme Court pick

21 March 2017

Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begin Monday.

Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination hearing to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court was aptly characterized Monday by Gorsuch: "This is quite a lot different than the last time I was here".

Bloomberg's guidance comes just a day before Gorsuch, Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, goes before the panel charged with kicking off his confirmation vote - a whopping 13 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

President Trump has said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) should consider the so-called "nuclear-option", wherein he would change the rules and allow a vote to proceed without the bipartisan 60-vote requirement, if Democrats slow the process. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said to Gorsuch in her opening statement.

SEN. JEFF FLAKE, R-Ariz.: One of my colleagues said Judge Gorsuch is pro-business or against the little guy. At issue is the continuation of the conservative tilt to the Supreme Court.

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Now, Democrats say the a year ago amounts to a Republican attempt to pack the courts with politically conservative appointees.

Via Peter Marcus of the Colorado Springs Gazette, Broncos executive John Elway sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, endorsing conservative Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Had Garland been confirmed, the court would have leaned to the left for the first time in decades. Pat Toomey do not serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding the hearing.

"I'm dying to hear someone over there tell me why [Gorsuch] is not qualified to be sitting here", Graham said.

The nominee himself, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, seemed nearly an afterthought at times, sitting alone at the witness table, occasionally nodding or taking notes, as the 20 members of the Judiciary Committee took turns delivering lengthy and partisan opening statements.

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"I believe Judge Gorsuch is unquestionably committed to the rule of law", Bennet said. But Tuesday is when the conflict will begin in earnest, as Gorsuch faces his first day of questioning.

John Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback and now the general manager of the Denver Broncos, has some thoughts about Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. He never did, and Democrats, furious with the departure from Senate norms, haven't forgotten. The more partisan his confirmation hearing gets, and the more the battle lines are drawn, the harder it could be for the GOP to round up the eight votes they would then need.

"I am disappointed the President has nominated someone who does not appear committed to ensuring these rights and who is outside of the legal mainstream".

Multiple other Democrats cited the so-called "frozen trucker" case, in which Gorsuch dissented against a man who was sacked for abandoning his truck in sub-zero temperatures when he feared for his health.

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Progressive groups demand a filibuster against Trump's Supreme Court pick