In the first major vote on the fate of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed his confirmation on to the full Senate, The Daily Caller reported.
The 11-9 Monday vote was along party lines. It was also not terribly suspenseful — the committee members had all publicly taken their positions before the vote was taken.
“The committee’s vote today is the first vote in a process that will end this week with Judge Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court,” said Leonard Leo, a Trump adviser on nominations to the judiciary.
“Judge Gorsuch is a man of extraordinary legal talent committed to interpreting the Constitution as it’s written. His jurisprudence and decisions are in the mainstream of American legal thought, which is why his nomination has received bipartisan support.”
Now, the confirmation heads to the Senate for a full vote. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has threatened a filibuster, while Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stressed that the Republicans will do away with the filibuster — the so-called “nuclear option” — if it’s necessary to get Gorsuch through.
Schumer finally got enough votes for his filibuster on Monday, when Delaware’s Chris Coons announced he would vote for the filibuster against Gorsuch. Under current Senate rules, it takes 60 of the Senate’s 100 members to vote to invoke “cloture,” or end debate on a topic and break a filibuster. Coons’ support for the filibuster gave the Democrats 41 votes.
In a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” McConnell said Republicans are determined to seat Gorsuch.
“What I can tell you is that Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week,” McConnell said. “How that happens really depends on our Democratic friends. How many of them are willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee, never happened before in history, the whole history of the country.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, also appeared on the show to suggest that “President Trump, Democrats, and Republicans in the Senate sit down and try to come up with a mainstream nominee.”
I do quite wish Sen. McConnell issued a press release simply reading “lol,” but that’s not how Mitch doth roll. Shame, really.
Either way, you can bet that Chuck Schumer is furious — and we couldn’t be happier.
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