Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing

Monday, Blumenthal and the other senators on the committee will make their opening remarks. If confirmed by the Senate, Gorsuch would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the court.

"A good judge should guarantee no less", he said.

Even after several students, include male students, tried to shift the conversation back to the ideas of work-life balance and raising a family, Sisk said Gorsuch only focused on the idea of women having children and that companies must ask potential female employees about their plans for having a family in order to protect their interests. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in which he refers to abortion as the death of a physical person. The judiciary committee has 11 Republicans and nine Democrats, and the GOP has a 52-48 advantage in the Senate as a whole.

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.

"You weren't there to promote a personal agenda or a political agenda and you're not there to grandstand".

"So Donald Trump deserves to be congratulated for listening to a lot of people and coming up with what I think is the best choice available to a Republican president in terms of nominating someone who is going to keep the conservative philosophy alive and well on the court", Graham said. The Democrats are committed to opposing him.

Blumenthal also express sympathy for the tough grilling Gorsuch would receive this week in the Judiciary Committee, but said "despite the hardship of going through this process, there are quite a few judges in CT who would not mind changing places with you". 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.

In his courtesy calls with senators prior to the hearing, Gorsuch was asked about Trump's tweets about the judiciary after the president lashed out at the courts for blocking his travel and immigration ban. Bob Casey and Republican Sen.

Progressive groups are quick to point out Gorsuch's conservative record on social issues, including his high-profile ruling in the Hobby Lobby case where he sided with a religious employers in their case against a Obama-era mandate to provide contraceptive insurance. Gorsuch noted this dissent in his book. At a rally in Tennessee, Trump said it was "an unprecedented judicial overreach".

"And I believe that sentiment is widely shared among my Democratic colleagues", he said.

Democrat opposition has less to do with Gorsuch himself than with resentment over the fact that the Republican majority leadership refused to consider Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, last year.

The court has been one short of its nine justices since Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

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