One of Trump’s top vote getting issues of the 2016 presidential electio nwas the promise to replace Justice Scalia with a similarly disposed candidate.
Having kept his promise (imagine that) by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch, the democrats will unload their maximum effort to derail confirmation.
Unless they come up with some unforeseen tactic, it looks like another win for Trump.
Senate eyeing vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by Easter
BY JORDAIN CARNEY – 02/21/17
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Tuesday that Senate Republicans are aiming to confirm Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, by early April.
“He’s been nominated and we’ll go through the process and he’ll be voted on, I hope, before the Easter recess,” the Senate’s top Republican said at an Anderson County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The Senate is poised to go leave Washington on April 10 for its two-week Easter recess.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to start its hearings on Gorsuch on March 20, with Trump’s nominee testifying before lawmakers on March 21. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee, predicted the hearings would last up to four days.
Trump nominated Gorsuch late last month to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat, which has been vacant since his death in February 2016.
McConnell said on Tuesday that he had to “praise” Trump for his pick, arguing Gorsuch is the “single most outstanding circuit judge in America bar none.”
“[His confirmation] has a huge impact on what America is going to be like in the coming years,” he said. “The court makes big decisions on a whole lot of very important things that affect our lives as much as anything any of us do.”
Democrats have been skeptical of Gorsuch’s nomination, publicly questioning if he will be independent from Trump.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) reiterated on Tuesday that Gorsuch will need 60 votes — including the support of at least eight Democrats — to clear the upper chamber.
“I asked him, ‘Would a Muslim ban … be unconstitutional?’ He wouldn’t answer,” Schumer said on “The View.” “I sat there with an eery feeling. … He should answer these questions.”
But he acknowledged that Democrats aren’t able to block Gorsuch from getting a hearing or a vote, unlike Republicans who stonewalled former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland last year.
McConnell defended the tactic on Tuesday saying he thought he was “firm footing.”
“To tell you the truth, I thought the next president was going to be Hillary Clinton so I wasn’t necessarily achieving I thought any particular advantage for my side,” he added. “It was about the principal.”