wnol.info January 22 2018

Senators should concentrate on Gorsuch

January 22 2018, 08:26 | Perry Erickson

It's almost certain President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will eventually be confirmed. Therefore, some argue, the filibuster should be preserved for a future Trump nominee-one who might replace one of the court's liberals, such as 84-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg or 78-year-old Stephen Breyer. When a seat opens, the president gets recommendations from all over, including Congress, other judges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. Senate Republicans denied Garland a hearing, much less a vote, and have kept the seat vacant for more than a year.

The cloture vote refers to the Senate process for filibusters.

There seems to be universal confusion in the Democratic camp about the role of the judiciary, and instead, Gorsuch has been questioned as though he would serve as an extension of the legislative branch. He told Politico in January the "practice was that you didn't do it even though the tool is in the toolbox".

"Schumer had a message for his 'Republican friends" who may contemplate changing Senate rules so Gorsuch can be confirmed with 51 votes instead of 60. President Trump has already encouraged McConnell to do so.

On Wednesday night, it looked like Chuck Schumer had fractured his spine, figuratively speaking: A Politico report suggested that "a group of Senate Democrats" was willing to facilitate Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, for the right price. McConnell has said he hopes to confirm Gorsuch on the Senate floor by the end of that week, before the Senate leaves for a two-week recess and in time for the Court's April arguments.

Schumer's announcement Thursday came on the final day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Murray has opposed 80 percent og President Trump's Cabinet-level appointments, and mounted a national campaign against the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

"Life changes and the originalism that the days when the Constitution was written ... they bring them backward in terms of rights women did not have", Ms. Feinstein said.

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