Should the Democrats follow Schumer’s advice and filibuster the Neil Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court they will trigger the “Nuclear Option” and open up the path for this and future confirmations with a simple 51 vote majority rather than the 60 votes required to force cloture in order to overcome a filibuster..
That will assure the easier confirmation of future nominees by a simple majority and some suggest that Trump may have up to three Supreme Court positions to fill.
The Democrats simply cannot afford to risk the application of the Nuclear Option.
Jon Smith, Admin, 3/23/2017
Schumer’s Empty Filibuster Threat
He might score points with his base, but he’s unlikely to torpedo Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
From National Review: By ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS, March 23, 2017
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446036/neil-gorsuch-senate-confirmation-vote-filibuster-chuck-schumer-democrats-mitch-mcconnell-nuclear-option
On the Senate floor this morning, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he will filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court and urged his fellow Democratic senators to join him.
Schumer said he remained unconvinced that Gorsuch would “be an independent check” on President Donald Trump. Gorsuch, he asserted, is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology. He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”
So far, no senators have officially agreed to join Schumer’s filibuster, but Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat from Pennsylvania, announced this morning that he will oppose Gorsuch’s nomination. In his statement, Casey cited as a concern Gorsuch’s “rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy . . . that employs the narrowest possible reading of federal law and exercises extreme skepticism, even hostility, toward executive branch agencies.”
We’re now on day four of Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as witnesses testify about his judicial career. The committee is expected to vote on his nomination on April 3, which would send it to the Senate floor for debate and a full vote by mid April.
There are eleven Republican and eight Democratic senators sitting on the Judiciary Committee; even if the vote were to take place on a strict party line —it’s unclear whether the Democrats intend to vote as a bloc against him — Gorsuch’s nomination would still have enough votes to reach the Senate floor.
Other than Schumer and Casey, no Senate Democrats have officially announced how they intend to vote on the nomination; most have said that they will wait until after the hearings end to decide. Several have noted their willingness to filibuster any nominee they consider “out of the mainstream,” and the hearing questions from the handful of Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee suggest that the caucus has serious reservations about Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy.