How to Understand the Gorsuch Confirmation Fight

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Bitter partisanship marked the start of Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick on Monday, as Democrats angrily condemned Republicans for refusing to act on Barack Obama's nominee a year ago and Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics. Republicans, who control the Senate, refused to consider Garland in Barack Obama's past year in office in a move to block the appointment of a liberal Supreme Court judge.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Sunday that he would filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and "use every tool that we have" if Gorsuch fails to disavow litmus tests on abortion and guns, among other things. It's unclear when the full Senate will vote on Gorsuch, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident the vote would happen by April 7, when the Senate leaves for its Easter recess. "I appreciate all of the attention", Gorsuch said. Republicans meanwhile will hold up the nominee as a disciple of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat Gorsuch is poised to fill. "Democrats don't need to vote for Gorsuch to vote against a filibuster, and they don't need to agree with his judicial philosophy to vote for his confirmation". At issue is the continuation of the conservative tilt to the Supreme Court. Cruz challenged Democrats to say what has changed since then, calling their opposition to his Supreme Court nomination politically motivated. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee's senior Democrat, told Reuters, "w$3 hat we would like to see is an independent judge, and the hearing will determine that".

Judge Garland may not have made it very far in the Senate confirmation process.

The outset of the first day of testimony underscored that the hearings would remain sharply divided along party lines, with each senator accusing the opposing side of political posturing.

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Bennet, who has declined to say whether he will support the nomination of Gorsuch, was complimentary of the nominee in his remarks, though he took time to call out the actions of the man who nominated him. But Tuesday is when the conflict will begin in earnest, as Gorsuch faces his first day of questioning. "In his court decisions, Judge Gorsuch endorsed the lowest of expectations for students with disabilities, which allowed public schools to provide our highest-needs students with the bare minimum educational benefit". After the event with senators and progressives in front of the court last week, volunteers and staff delivered petitions with over a million signatures, they said, urging senators from both parties to oppose Gorsuch's nomination.

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Republicans control the Senate 52-48.

"I am disappointed the President has nominated someone who does not appear committed to ensuring these rights and who is outside of the legal mainstream".

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