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presstv-senate confirms us supreme court nominee

US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed after Republicans approved a rule change over choosing him as the head of the Supreme Courtdespite furious Democratic objections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Judge Neil Gorsuch has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament. He has the independence of mind for fairness.”Gorsuch, who was US president Donald Trump’s 49-year-old pick, will fill the long-vacant ninth position of Antonin Scalia, who died last February. Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Gorsuch will be taking his seat on the Supreme Court later this month.Vice President Mike Pence presided over the vote, but was not needed to break a tie.The US Supr

presstv-senate confirms us supreme court nominee

US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed after Republicans approved a rule change over choosing him as the head of the Supreme Courtdespite furious Democratic objections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Judge Neil Gorsuch has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament. He has the independence of mind for fairness.”Gorsuch, who was US president Donald Trump’s 49-year-old pick, will fill the long-vacant ninth position of Antonin Scalia, who died last February. Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Gorsuch will be taking his seat on the Supreme Court later this month.Vice President Mike Pence presided over the vote, but was not needed to break a tie. The final

neil gorsuch confirmation: what is the nuclear option?

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, bringing a confirmation vote closer to the full Senate. But it also became clear that Democrats have the votes to filibuster his nomination. So what's next?Sixty votes are required to overcome a filibuster, and it doesn't look like Republicans have those votes. That means Republicans would likely have to invoke the "nuclear option." That's Capitol Hill-speak for amending long-standing Senate rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees, which would allow the GOP to install Gorsuch with a simple majority vote.It is almost certain that such a move would result in Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. But it would also mark the first time the o

supreme court pick neil gorsuch's senate vote: watch online

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday morning.The vote marks the latest hurdle Gorsuch needs to clear ahead of being confirmed for a spot on the Supreme Court, but it's hardly the last. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a final vote for Gorsuch will come by this Friday, but some 36 Democrats have either said or hinted that they would filibuster the nomination this week.McConnell told Meet the Press that Gorsuch will be confirmed this week, but how it happens depends on how many Democrats are "willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee."Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was "highly unlikely" that Gorsuch will receive the 60 votes he needs to get confirmed in an

supreme court picks: senate showdown over neil gorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch arrives for his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong—Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A Senate showdown is at hand over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come.Democrats escalated their attacks against Judge Neil Gorsuch ahead of key votes set for Thursday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak. Republicans defended him, accusing Democrats of trying to block Gorsuch out of frustration over Trump's election victory."Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her," said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., naming one of the more liberal sitting justices. "There is simply no princi

neil gorsuch: senate panel to vote on supreme court nominee

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2017. Ricky Carioti—Washington Post/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A Senate panel is opening a weeklong partisan showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee with Democrats steadily amassing the votes to block Neil Gorsuch and force Republicans to unilaterally change long-standing rules to confirm him.The Republican-led Judiciary Committee meets Monday and is expected to back Gorsuch and send his nomination to the full Senate, most likely on a near-party line vote. Intent on getting Trump's pick on the high court, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is likely to change Senate rules so that Gorsuch can be confirmed with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber, instead

presstv- dems secure enough votes to block gorsuch

Democratic lawmakers in the US Senate say they have secured enough votes to filibuster the nominee of President Donald Trump for the Supreme Court.The minority party gained the 41 votes required for a filibuster after more Democrats threw their support behind the measure on Monday.Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Patrick J. Leahy, Christopher A. Coons and Mark R. Warner indicated that they would join other party members in rejection of Judge Neil Gorsuch.The judge has been accused of being “evasive” during his Senate Judiciary Committee’s marathon hearing.Senator Patrick Leahy takes a photo on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)“I cannot recall a nominee refusing to answer such basic questions about the principles underlying our Const

mitch mcconnell claims votes to bust supreme court filibuster of boulder's neil

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed the votes Tuesday to bust a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as a showdown neared that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations."They seem determined to head into the abyss," the Kentucky Republican said of Democrats as debate began over Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination. "They need to reconsider."Democrats made clear they had no plans to do so, and blamed Republicans for pushing them to attempt a nearly unheard of filibuster of a well-qualified Supreme Court pick. Forty-four Democrats intend to vote against proceeding to final confirmation on Gorsuch — a U.S. appellate court judge who lives in Boulder — which would be enough to block him under the Senate's filibuster rul

the supreme court fight stands at a crossroads

To be sure, some Senate Dems are likely to vote with Republicans, at least on the cloture vote that would, in theory, end a filibuster and clear Gorsuch for an up-or-down floor vote. But Republicans would need more than eight of the 48 Senate Democrats to break ranks, and by all appearances, those votes appear unlikely to materialize.The question then becomes what the Senate Republican majority intends to do about it. The probable outcome – the GOP execute its own “nuclear option” – would eliminate Supreme Court filibusters permanently, for both parties. The may be some reluctance among a few Republicans to do this, but to date, zero GOP senators are on record opposing the move.In the meantime, Republicans are preparing for the showdown with a series of very bad arguments.* Double standard

neil gorsuch confirmation: roe vs. wade is court precedent

(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says he won't weigh in with his personal views on Roe vs. Wade or any other Supreme Court decision in his confirmation hearing.Gorsuch was asked Tuesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to discuss the case that legalized abortion nationwide. The nominee would only say it's a court precedent that has been reaffirmed many times. He gave similar answers to Grassley's questions about other important cases on such subjects as guns and campaign finance.Gorsuch said if he were to discuss those cases, "I would be tipping my hand and suggesting to litigants that I have already made up my mind about cases."He added: "I think that's the beginning of the end of the independent judiciary."

republicans go 'nuclear' to clear way for trump court pick gorsuch

US Republicans swatted away decades of tradition Thursday by changing Senate rules to ensure Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, bypassing the first-ever successful opposition block on a high-court nominee. President Donald Trump's pick, embraced by conservatives but opposed by most Democrats, failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to end debate on his nomination and move to a simple majority confirmation vote in the 100-seat Senate.In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the rules to ensure that a simple majority suffices to advance Gorsuch -- and all subsequent Supreme Court nominees -- from the debate to a confirmation vote.The rule change -- known as the "nuclear option" -- was approved along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate, l

neil gorsuch confirmation: chuck schumer plans to filibuster

Democrats just moved a little closer to filibustering Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday that he will oppose President Trump's nominee on a cloture vote, prepping the way for a potential filibuster.Speaking on the Senate floor, the New York Democrat argued that Gorsuch "almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak," that he “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on President Trump, and that he's "not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology."As the leading Democrat in the Senate, Schumer's opposition to Gorsuch isn't surprising, but going a step further and saying that he would vote against cloture was the loudest telegraph yet of potential Democratic pla

what does judge gorsuch believe?

On the second day of Senate hearings, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee offered few clues as to how he’d rule on specific issues if confirmed.

neil gorsuch: claire mccaskill opposes supreme court nominee

(WASHINGTON) — A day after saying she was torn over the decision, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will oppose Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will vote with fellow Democrats to filibuster his nomination.McCaskill, who is up for re-election next year, says she's opposing the federal appeals court judge because his opinions favor corporations over workers and he's shown "a stunning lack of humanity."McCaskill says President Donald Trump promised working people he would lift them up, but "nominated a judge who can't even see them."McCaskill says she's worried about increasingly polarized politics. If the filibuster is successful, Republican leaders are expected to change Senate rules to confirm Gorsuch and make it easier to confirm justices in the future.

democrats go to war over neil gorsuch

If Republicans want to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, they’ll likely have to change the rules and invoke the Senate’s “nuclear option.”

nuclear option: john mccain opposes neil gorsuch move

Arizona Sen. John McCain has harsh words for his Republican colleagues who want to invoke the “nuclear option” to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.“After 200 years — at least 100 years — of this tradition where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it would be a good idea to blow it up,” McCain told reporters Tuesday in remarks reported by NBC News.“Idiot — no, whoever said that is a stupid idiot,” McCain added.Senate Republicans have suggested they would use the “nuclear option” to change Senate voting rules to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch without the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. The rule change would allow Gorsuch to be approved with a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of a super-majority of 60. Republicans hold

going nuclear for neil gorsuch

Democratic senators have 41 votes to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, setting up a standoff to rewrite the Senate’s filibuster rules.

republicans execute 'nuclear option,' ending supreme court filibusters

A couple of hours ago, the Senate took up Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, and the cloture vote didn’t go his way. Instead of reaching the 60-vote threshold, Gorsuch ended up with 55 (it would’ve been 56, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to change his vote for procedural reasons).That left Republicans with a choice: either encourage Donald Trump to send a more mainstream nominee for the high court – one who might garner more bipartisan support – or change the rules of the Senate to end all Supreme Court filibusters forevermore.The GOP majority chose the latter.In the short term, the vote means Gorsuch’s nomination will return to the floor, probably tomorrow, for a final up-or-down confirmation vote. With no Republican opponents, the conservative is now all but certain

republicans execute 'nuclear option,' ending supreme court filibusters

A couple of hours ago, the Senate took up Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, and the cloture vote didn’t go his way. Instead of reaching the 60-vote threshold, Gorsuch ended up with 55 (it would’ve been 56, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to change his vote for procedural reasons).That left Republicans with a choice: either encourage Donald Trump to send a more mainstream nominee for the high court – one who would garner more bipartisan support – or change the rules of the Senate to end all Supreme Court filibusters forever more.The GOP majority chose the latter.In the short term, the vote means Gorsuch’s nomination will return to the floor, probably tomorrow, for a final up-or-down confirmation vote. With no Republican opponents, the conservative is now all but certain

neil gorsuch senate vote on cloture: watch online

The Senate is set to vote Thursday on invoking cloture, the process for ending a filibuster, for the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch.In total, 44 Democrats are expected to oppose the nomination, meaning that the GOP lack the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster, leaving them more likely to trigger the "nuclear option," the Associated Press reports.The option refers to the GOP changing Senate rules to be able to successfully invoke cloture with just 52 votes, instead of 60. Such a move would be remarkable, especially for the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee, but has been repeatedly threatened by Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's majority leader.The vote is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET and is expected to last two hours. Watch live above.

senate minority whip: 'we have to make a stand' with scotus nominee

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senate hearings get underway on trump's supreme court pick

In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Andrew Harnik—AP(WASHINGTON)—Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia's death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings get underway on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace him.Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination has been cheered by Republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and Democrats head into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Monday divided over how hard to fight him.The nomination has been surprisingly low-key thus far in a Capitol distracted by Trump-driven controversies over w

supreme court: plan would nominate merrick garland

In a move straight out of a West Wing episode, one Senator wants to resolve the partisan divide over the Supreme Court vacancy by confirming both Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch to the bench.Under New Mexico Senator Tom Udall's plan, President Trump would meet with Supreme Court justices considering retirement, according to CNN. If any justice agreed to retire, Trump would nominate former President Barack Obama's nominee Garland to take their place. The Senate would then simultaneously confirm both Gorsuch and GarlandObama nominated Garland in 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, but Senate Republicans would not hold a hearing for him.The plan is nearly identical to the one proposed in a Season 5 episode of The West Wing. In that episode, the Chief Justice resigns from the court so

senate republicans get the supreme court fight backwards

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a variety of talking points as part of the fight over the Supreme Court vacancy, each of which are factually wrong. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Republicans had to block Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination last year because Republicans “didn’t agree” to give him a vote – which may be true, but it’s also a strikingly underwhelming argument.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said today Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination has the benefit of “super-legitimacy,” because the American electorate knew in advance that the next president would fill the existing Supreme Court vacancy. That might be compelling, were it not for an annoying detail: Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes from American voters than Donald Trump. (Cruz, who also end

neil gorsuch confirmation: the facts behind 60 vote claim

The fight over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch isn't just over whether senators will vote for him. It's also about how many votes he needs, exactly.Led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, some Democrats argue that Gorsuch needs to get 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and be confirmed, which they claim is a historical standard."To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules I say: if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees, and President Bush’s last two nominees, the answer isn’t to change the rules — it’s to change the nominee," Schumer said last week.But Republicans counter that the filibuster was rarely used in the past and point out that two justices currently sitting on the court

dem resistance fuels supreme court filibuster

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gorsuch may be friend of business

Companies may have a staunch ally on the U.S. Supreme Court if Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is confirmed, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who sees this as an argument against Gorsuch's confirmation. Recently rated "well qualified" for the Supreme Court seat by the American Bar Association, Gorsuch easily was confirmed July 20, 2006, to serve on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a unanimous Senate vote. His confirmation for the Supreme Court will be much more contentious, however, with support and opposition emerging along political party lines.Schumer Leads OppositionSchumer has compared Gorsuch to Chief Justice John Roberts, calling Gorsuch's comments in a private meeting with Schumer as "eerily similar" to

neil gorsuch confirmation hearing: livestream online

It's day two of the Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.On the first day of his confirmation hearing Monday, Gorsuch defended his judicial record, preempting attacks by Democrats who have accused him of siding with corporate interests over workers. Giving an opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon, he said he has tried to "treat all who come before me fairly and with respect."While Democrats had a chance Monday to speak out against Republicans' refusal to consider President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, Gorsuch will face questioning from them Tuesday.The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. E.T. You can watch it live above.

nuclear option: orrin hatch on gorsuch and senate vote

Judge Neil Gorsuch is sworn in on the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Justin Sullivan—Getty ImagesI’m not happy Senate Republicans had to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. I’m an institutionalist. I love the Senate and what it represents. I value debate and honor bipartisanship.But let me be clear: We are here because of what Democrats have done over the last thirty years to poison the confirmation process. I speak from experience, as I’ve been here through all of it.I was here when Democrats started the confirmation wars with their treatment of Robert Bork. Just one year earlier, Senator Ted Kennedy had attempted to filibuster J

supreme court: neil gorsuch's senate confirmation begins

(WASHINGTON) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee praised President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick on Monday for an "unfailing commitment" to the principle of separation of powers, as Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing got underway."His grasp on the separation of powers — including judicial independence — enlivens his body of work," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in opening remarks to begin the long-awaited hearing 13 months after Justice Antonin Scalia's death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court.The court opening was never filled last year as Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, until a new president could be elected. Senate Democrats remain furious about that GOP obstruction, and are under intense pressure from liberal b

neil gorsuch: supreme court nominee on the chevron doctrine

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is openly skeptical of a long-standing judicial doctrine that empowers federal regulators to take action on everything from the environment to public health and safety.Adopted by the high court in a 1984 case involving the Chevron oil company, the so-called Chevron doctrine says that when the law is ambiguous, judges should defer to federal agencies' interpretations of their own powers. Part of the idea is to give regulators the flexibility they need to adapt to changing circumstances, with Congress and the President reining them in when they overstep.But Gorsuch views it differently. In a concurring opinion last summer, he wrote that the doctrine empowers bureaucrats to "swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power" and "concentrate federa

neil gorsuch: supreme court nominee on the chevron doctrine

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is openly skeptical of a long-standing judicial doctrine that empowers federal regulators to take action on everything from the environment to public health and safety.Adopted by the high court in a 1984 case involving the Chevron oil company, the so-called Chevron doctrine says that when the law is ambiguous, judges should defer to federal agencies' interpretations of their own powers. Part of the idea is to give regulators the flexibility they need to adapt to changing circumstances, with Congress and the President reining them in when they overstep.But Gorsuch views it differently. In a concurring opinion last summer, he wrote that the doctrine empowers bureaucrats to "swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power" and "concentrate federa

dems claim votes to block boulder's neil gorsuch; gop will override them

WASHINGTON — Democrats claimed the votes they needed Monday to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but the victory was only fleeting, setting up a historic showdown with Republicans who intend to rewrite Senate rules and muscle Neil Gorsuch, a resident of Boulder, onto the high court.The coming fight was assured as the bitterly divided Judiciary Committee voted 11-9, along party lines, to send Gorsuch's nomination to the full Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has vowed he will be confirmed on Friday.Short of the 60 votes needed to overcome procedural hurdles, McConnell is ready to lead Republicans in a unilateral voting change so significant in the rules-conscious Congress that it's been dubbed the "nuclear option," lowering the confirmation thresh

neil gorsuch confirmation: senators attack each other

Neil Gorsuch proved to be adept enough at evading difficult questions that the senators at his confirmation hearing started training their fire on each other.As President Trump's Supreme Court nominee faced his second day of questions on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee spent quite a bit of time blaming each other for hard-edged partisanship on the committee and in the Senate as a whole.Each party was trying to spin the story about the upcoming vote on Gorsuch's nomination: Republicans said Democrats are being biased against a mainstream and qualified nominee, while Democrats said Republicans are hypocrites after refusing to hold a hearing for President Obama's nominee for the same seat, Merrick Garland.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Caroli

senate democrats poised to filibuster trump's supreme court pick neil gorsuch

Washington: Senate Democrats on Monday appeared to secure the votes necessary to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, sending the body hurtling toward a bitter partisan confrontation later this week.With an announcement from Senator Chris Coons, during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing to vote on Gorsuch's nomination, Democrats had found their 41st vote in support of a filibuster.Britain to protect Gibraltar 'all the way'Video duration01:37Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:18Gorsuch confirmation 'one way or another'Gorsuch confirmation 'one way or another'The US Senate's second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn, says President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week, 'one way or another.'Britain to protect Gibraltar 'all

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