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Pat Toomey says he'd back 'nuclear option' to confirm Neil Gorsuch

01 April 2017

Sen. Claire McCaskill will oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and vote to support a Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

There will be no shortage of voices condemning these two Democratic Senators for political opportunism in acceding to Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Manchin was the last among the four senators representing West Virginia and OH to take a public stance on Gorsuch's nomination. Sen.

Schumer said the idea that Democrats should allow Gorsuch onto the court to preserve the filibuster for future fights over nominees is a fallacy, since Republicans could just change Senate rules during the next battle. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is expected to respond to a Democratic filibuster by unilaterally changing Senate rules to lower the threshold for Supreme Court justices from 60 votes to a simple majority in the 100-member Senate. However, Senate Democrats must surely be feeling the heat from their constituents, many of whom believe that the Republicans unfairly stole the Supreme Court seat. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced her support on February 2, two days after Trump announced the pick, while Sen.

"Throughout Judge Gorsuch's career, he has come to his legal rulings objectively, through the letter of the law rather than through his own opinion", Manchin said in his statement. Toomey said that he has no regrets about blocking Garland's nomination and that if voters had disagreed, they could have thrown out the Republican majority in the Senate and elected Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

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Brown is among about 15 Democratic senators who have not said publicly whether they'll filibuster a vote on Gorsuch. In the recording, which the Missouri Republican Party gave to the newspaper, McCaskill says the decision is hard because if the filibuster is eliminated, Trump could nominate another justice without having to compromise with Democrats, and "all of a sudden, the things I fought for with scars on my back to show for it in this state are in jeopardy".

President Trump could, for example, be in a position to find a successor to progressive Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at 84 has had health struggles. "We are talking about Scalia for someone on the court who shares our values". But he would be succeeding the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon, and he would not alter the court's ideological balance between conservatives and moderates. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the pivotal vote closest to the court's center, is 80. "The precedent was set by the Democrats in 2013 in going this route, but if necessary, then yeah".

"If they're so quick to change the rules this time, they'll be quick to change them next time", Schumer, of NY, said at a news conference. Republicans argued Reid broke Senate rules that typically require 67 votes to change a Senate rule by simply declaring he could do it with 51 votes.

Schumer says McConnell is acting like he has no choice, but "that is bunk".