His talk-a-thon does nothing to stall a vote on Gorsuch because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had already taken the procedural step to lock in a time to vote to end debate over Gorsuch. This will likely prompt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to trigger the nuclear option, meaning Gorsuch can win confirmation with a simple majority. As The Nation's John Nichols pointed out, this would be a "further corruption" of the process after Republican refusal to even hold a hearing for Merrick Garland. McConnell has said he does not favor invoking the nuclear option, but he has publicly promised Gorsuch will be confirmed Friday no matter what.
King, who caucuses with Democrats, outlined several concerns about the conservative appeals court judge from Colorado in a lengthy statement, including "evasive" answers to senators' questions about certain cases, his "judicial activist" past and past decisions.
That set the stage for the current bitter Senate showdown as Republicans attempt to restore the Supreme Court's conservative majority and fulfil one of Mr Trump's election promises.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's primarily Republican approval of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court has Democrats fighting back.
Merkley has described the nomination of Gorsuch as "theft" by Republicans, who failed to have a hearing or vote for Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by then-President Barack Obama past year.
He also said Gorsuch should not be considered until the investigation into alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation ends.
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The long-term consequences of the coming confrontation could be profound, as the rules change Republicans intend to enact would apply to future Supreme Court nominees as well, allowing them to be voted onto the court without any input from the minority party. Since Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tie-breaking vote, Republicans need at least 50 of their 52 members to support changing the rules for Supreme Court nominees.
Baldwin supports a Democratic filibuster to block Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, a move that would require 60 votes to overcome. What do you think will happen when eventually Democrats are in majority in the Senate?
Democrats are angry that Republicans refused to hold hearings a year ago on Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
"I encourage all of my colleagues to give him fair consideration and to advance his nomination to an up-or-down vote", he said Monday night. The GOP can't win the game, so they're trying to change the rules.
"The majority team in this chamber chose to steal a Supreme Court seat", the OR senator said during remarks that droned on into the early hours Wednesday. He made it clear in an interview last week that he would go to great lengths to block Gorsuch, who he views as a tool of wealthy special interests.
If Republicans can not muster the 60 votes needed to cut off a Democratic filibuster and get a vote, Senate leaders have threatened to change the rules and require only a simple majority to cut off debate - what critics are calling "the nuclear option".