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21 March 2017, 11:05 | Gladys Abbott
The Gorsuch Hearing: Nuts and Bolts
Following opening statements by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will deliver his opening statement at his confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. Assuming he ultimately gets approved by the Senate, there are few individuals who will have as direct and immediate impact on what your credit union can and can't do for decades to come.
Now a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Gorsuch has ruled in several cases touching on the rights of people with disabilities, a judicial record that many advocacy groups say is worrisome.
"Judge Gorsuch's record is clear - so clear, in fact, that we already know he is an unacceptable nominee for the Supreme Court".
"Senators have an awesome responsibility before them as they consider Judge Gorsuch for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court".
"If judges were just secret legislators, declaring not what the law is but what they would like it to be", he said, "the very idea of government by the people and for the people would be at risk".
"Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you that I'm a big fan of his", said Mr. Elway in a Monday letter. With Republicans holding a relatively slight 52-46 edge in the upper chamber, with two independents caucusing with the Democrats, the GOP either has to find eight votes in the minority or change Senate rules to ensure Gorsuch can assume his spot on the high court bench.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee's plain-spoken chairman, said the panel is likely to vote on the nomination on April 3, with the full Senate vote likely soon after.
Schwartz noted a hearing was denied former Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland. McConnell was extremely critical of that move but may have to do it if that's his last option to confirm Gorsuch.
"These days we sometimes hear judges cynically described as politicians in robes, seeking to enforce their own politics rather than striving to apply the law impartially".
President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch in February. Democrats accused Senate Republicans of failing to do their job.
If Gorsuch is approved by the Senate, he will replace one of the most conservative Supreme Court justices in recent history - Justice Antonin Scalia.
Gorsuch served as an appeals judge for the 10th Circuit in Colorado.
Said Graham: "I don't feel like any injustice has been done to anybody here".
Monday, Blumenthal and the other senators on the committee will make their opening remarks. There they displayed over a million signatures of people opposed to Gorsuch's nomination.
Questioning begins tomorrow at 9:30. He said he was prepared to filibuster Gorsuch if he was not satisfied with the judge's answers before his committee, but that he a "profound duty" to question him first before publicly announcing his final decision.
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