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May 27 2017, 11:52 | Irvin Gilbert
The hearings, which will be broadcast live at this PBS website, are expected to last four days.
Many of the Democrats are ready to put up a fight, having not forgiven the Republicans for blocking a confirmation hearing on Judge Merrick Garland, the highly regarded, liberal appeals court judge who was President Obama's choice to replace Scalia.
In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Education Association have also expressed concern about Gorsuch's record on disability rights issues, particularly in regard to cases involving students with disabilities.
So what to make of former Arkansas governor and perennial Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's suggestion last week that President Trump simply ignore the federal courts blocking his travel bans and do as he wishes?
The first day of the hearings Monday will feature opening statements from senators and Gorsuch himself, according to the Associated Press. The unanswered question is whether or not he believes those decisions should be overturned by the Supreme Court in future cases.
Gorsuch appeared to close his eyes briefly when Grassley discussed a Supreme Court decision against the Obama administration and occasionally took notes.
"At some point Judge Gorsuch stopped this discussion about the hypothetical and work life balance in the legal profession".
"The judge's job, our nominee says, is to deliver on the promise that 'all litigants, rich or poor, mighty or meek, will receive equal protection under the law and due process for their grievances, '" Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said Monday in Washington. Judge Gorsuch has an impressive resume and impressive credentials to match. We deserve to know who is being appointed to the Supreme Court, and whether they will be an effective and independent justice, in addition to ruling to uphold the Constitution. Aides say President Trump hopes a successful confirmation will build momentum for his separate political agenda, and bring a measure of stability and public confidence to what has been a challenging two months in office.
Next week isn't the only chance the Democrats have to stand up to Gorsuch - they can still filibuster his nomination when it comes before the full Senate - but the hearings are the most visible forum they'll have for doing so. "I think you will have some questions about the immigration ban that is now being considered", Collins said. In 2006 the U.S. Senate recognized these qualities, confirming Gorsuch without dissent to his current position on the 10th Circuit.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, suggested Gorsuch should disregard Democrats' attempts to draw him out on individual topics.
"There is a history here, and it's nearly unique, that Donald Trump has in fact established a litmus test promising, absolutely promising, that he would nominate someone who will overturn Roe v. Wade", Blumenthal said.
"I didn't think it would've made any difference in terms of how other people voted", Graham said Monday.
In the broader realm, filling the seat left by the death of Scalia will ensure the high court keeps a shaky right-leaning majority. They describe Gorsuch as thoughtful, considerate and fair-minded.