Follow Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing LIVE

Follow Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing LIVE

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, the Gorsuch confirmation hearings represents a critical time for the Supreme Court and the nation.

Each senator on the Judiciary Committee will speak Monday, followed by two Colorado senators introducing Gorsuch as well as Neal Katyal - a former Obama acting solicitor general. Gorsuch's "originalist" views about constitutional interpretation, a controversial approach, will be described by his defenders as the legal equivalent of common sense, which again, only a lefty radical who despises constitutional limitations on Big Government could possibly oppose. Judicial independence is one of the ideals that "enlivens [Gorsuch's] body of work", Grassley said in his opening statement on Monday. Cruz asked if, for example, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who were appointed to the high court by former Democratic President Bill Clinton, were expected to address sexual harassment allegations against Clinton at their confirmation hearings. Sisk said the university's deans pledged to talk to Gorsuch at the end of the semester, but she's not sure if they ever did.

Democrats and Republicans want judges on the bench that they think would uphold their agendas, so when there is a chance to fill an opening, it becomes a political struggle.

In order to get those 60 votes for his nomination to proceed, Gorsuch would need eight Democrats to vote with Republicans, assuming all Republicans back Trump's pick. At the same time, Republicans are pushing through legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"Because here you have someone who you've seen the reaction from the legal community from both sides of the aisle", Ms. Ayotte said, saying Judge Gorsuch received the highest rating from the American Bar Association. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed that the Senate will vote on Gorsuch's nomination before leaving for its April 8 Easter recess. "If I conclude this one is outside the mainstream, I will use every tool at my disposal and I think my Democratic colleagues share that view", Sen. Their base is insisting on it, because of what happened to President Obama's nominee. The Florida Democrat met with Gorsuch for about an hour earlier this month Nelson discussed his concerns about the suppression of voting rights and the amount of undisclosed, unlimited money in campaigns.

Mr Graham also explained that though "no Republicans would have chosen [current Supreme Court Justices] Sotomayor or Kagan but how could anyone say they weren't qualified?"

"Someday there will be great people", she said, "great elected representatives who will say 'enough of this nonsense, let's be the kind of legislature the United States should have.' I hope that day will come when I'm still alive". I will vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch as a worthy successor to Justice Scalia.

And beware of senators, Republican or Democrat, trying to pin Gorsuch down on hot-button issues such as abortion or gun rights. However, it is not clear if they would do so, and Republicans could change Senate rules to require only a simple-majority vote for confirmation.

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