Schumer: 'Virtually impossible' to reach deal on Gorsuch

Joe Manchin

Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Thursday they would support Gorsuch.

While even Democrat stalwarts like Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have praised Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to filibuster his nomination. McConnell and his fellow Republicans are likely to respond by invoking the "nuclear option" that would require only 51 votes to confirm a Supreme Court justice. Surely, this requirement means consent (or denial) by the entire Senate, not by a Senate committee or by a single member of the Senate (such as the majority leader). "Let the public judge whether that is a good thing".

Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington state, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Tammy Duckworth of IL said on Thursday they would vote against Gorsuch.

Missouri's Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley accused McCaskill "of caving to the intense political pressure of the far left" in the wake of the audio's release.

The Senate will soon have the chance to help preserve our democratic institutions for our children - by voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In response, Mitch McConnell has gleefully embraced the "nuclear option" to blow up the filibuster.

While Democrats including Joe Manchin III of West Virginia have voiced reluctance to force Republicans to end the filibuster, it doesn't appear to be enough to overcome the block.

There are now at least 35 Senate Democrats who oppose Gorsuch and have pledged to block him with a filibuster, just six shy of the number that would be required to mount a successful filibuster. "That is bunk." He claimed that Trump should produce a more mainstream nominee instead.

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"I could not find any just reason with all his qualifications and all his experience and how he's ranked as one of the best jurists", Manchin said.

Conservative groups such as the Judicial Crisis Network and the National Rifle Association poured millions into ad campaigns urging McCaskill and other red- and purple-state Democrats to confirm Gorsuch.

Gorsuch's view could be important, depending on how the challenges to the FCC's Open Internet order play out or in other cases involving FCC interpretation of statute.

In a Medium post published Friday, McCaskill, a moderate Democrat, said she would vote no on a procedural vote for Gorsuch, indicating that she would join a Democratic filibuster against the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge. But Bennet made it clear that he was introducing Gorsuch out of tradition and that he wasn't necessarily signaling how he'd vote. Democrats need 41 votes to sustain a filibuster.

"I think it's really interesting that the Republicans wanted to out the fact that I was so honest about how torn I am", she added.

After the Kansas City Star reported on a secret recording where McCaskill told donors her concerns about Democrats' hard-line stance on Gorsuch, she quickly brushed off suggestions that she was waffling.

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