Schumer Says He'll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP

Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, a state carried by Trump, also announced he would oppose Gorsuch and join filibustering Democrats.

If Senate Democrats are serious about filibustering the Gorsuch nomination, that shows that there is no plausible nominee of a Republican president whom they wouldn't filibuster-and no one worthwhile who would ever get Schumer's okay. There's precedent for that: In 1991, Democrats had the votes to filibuster Clarence Thomas but didn't, and he was confirmed by a vote of only 52-48, which just happens to be the split between Republicans and Democrats in the current Senate. Schumer made his announcement from the Senate floor as members of the judiciary committee heard from witnesses for and against Gorsuch's nomination. - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to Politico.

It would take 60 votes to end a filibuster and force a vote.

Schumer struck back against the possibility of a rule change, the Post reports.

Udall has said he would not support any Supreme Court nominee who would support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case which legalized abortion.

Some Republicans have threatened use a "nuclear option" that would only require 51 votes. President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Recent close decisions by the Supreme Court have decided everything from same-sex marriage to voting rights to health care to education, Schumer added.

The confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch continues on Thursday.

He pushed even harder in that direction in his interview with Politico. "I guess #WeNeedNine only applies when there's a Democrat president".

"Instead of an umpire calling balls and strikes in baseball, what we really saw was an expert - a well-trained expert - in dodgeball, " Schumer said. But he can't avoid his record, which makes clear that he's routinely put the interests of corporations and the powerful above the rights of everyday Americans.

First of all, I think Justice Kennedy may well leave this summer, and I think that we're talking about perhaps two nominees this year.
"McConnell what to do from here", Spicer said.