Dems claim votes to block Gorsuch; GOP will override them

Dems claim votes to block Gorsuch; GOP will override them

Dems claim votes to block Gorsuch; GOP will override them

The 11-9 committee vote for President Donald Trump's nominee, strictly along party lines, came shortly after Democrats secured enough votes to block the nomination in the full Senate.

"If it's necessary in order to get him confirmed, I may have to vote that way, but I certainly don't want to", Collins told reporters Monday night. Democrats can block ending debate - what's known as a filibuster - by mustering 41 votes against it, which they are expected to be able to do.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he will vote for Gorsuch and he hopes Baldwin would at least oppose the filibuster even if she's going to vote against the nomination. That's due to Democrats' knee-jerk blocking of any conservative nominee, regardless of his qualifications - such as intelligence, temperament and judicial performance.

"We'll end up with a Supreme Court that has far more extreme justices on both sides of the aisle", said Sen.

"There was a poem I recall, and it went like this: 'When I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there; he wasn't there again today, I wish that man would go away, '" said Sen. You know, when the Democrats were in the majority, they got rid of the filibuster for lower court nominations after Republicans blocked all of Obama's nominees to the federal courts. That would set up a final confirmation vote sometime Friday evening. That was so not because he was an Obama nominee but because Republicans so blatantly disrespected the Founding Fathers and the very reason America has always worked: We all agree to play by the rules. Democrats cite the treatment a year ago of Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, who was blocked by Republicans after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

By the week's end, two events seem all but inevitable: Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the USA supreme court and, to do so, Republicans will change longstanding Senate rules that could fundamentally reshape the institution that proudly refers to itself as the "world's greatest deliberative body". "But the traditions and principles that have defined the Senate are crumbling, and we are poised to hasten that destruction this week", Coons said.

"Democrats are now being pushed by far-left interest groups into doing something truly detrimental to this body and to our country", McConnell said on the Senate floor. "It was not envisioned by the founders, and I think as a sort of selective thing it's fine". "[Hirono], it absolutely has everything, nearly everything to do with how they treated [Judge] Merrick Garland". "And they're stupid and they've deceived their voters because they're so stupid".

The Senate voted 55-44 to begin debate on the nomination Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence attended his party's weekly luncheon, but senators filed out somber, revealing few details about what was discussed - an odd departure from many Tuesday policy lunches when senators are willing to discuss in general terms the topic of discussion. Angus King, I-Maine, said Sunday, Garland became the "granddaddy of filibusters".

McConnell said Tuesday that not a single Republican senator supports changing the filibuster for legislation.

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