Gorsuch Confirmation Fight To Begin, But No Energetic Opposition From Dems

Gorsuch Confirmation Fight To Begin, But No Energetic Opposition From Dems

Gorsuch Confirmation Fight To Begin, But No Energetic Opposition From Dems

The seat was held by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February of 2016. Most of the conservative fire has been directed at seven Democratic senators in states where President Trump won previous year, trying to push them into beating back an expected blockade of Gorsuch's nomination from liberal Democrats.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, will preside over the hearing for Judge Gorsuch Monday.

Another line of attack previewed by Democratic leader Chuck Schumer at the same event is to focus on rulings Gorsuch, 49, has authored in which corporate interests won out over individual workers.

One case involved truck driver Alphonse Maddin, who was sacked after he disobeyed a supervisor and abandoned his trailer at the side of a road after the brakes froze.

JCN partners with approximately 50 national and state-based policy groups, including Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Veterans of America, and the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, to coordinate messaging on the looming confirmation battle and help them understand Gorsuch's record as a judge.

Democrats will also press Gorsuch on his role as a Justice Department lawyer under Bush from 2005 to 2006, when he helped defend controversial policies enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks, including the administration's expansive use of aggressive interrogation techniques.

In his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, for example, Gorsuch rejected the case for legalizing assisted suicide on the grounds that "human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable, and the taking of human life by private persons is always wrong".

Across the country, from Trump's announcement of Gorsuch on January 31 until last week, total ad spending was more than $3.3 million supporting Gorsuch, with just $181,000 from liberal groups opposing his confirmation, according to the GOP estimate.

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It's up to the committee's Democrats to make sure Gorsuch does not get away with dodging questions in this fashion.

Much is at stake for Trump and his Republican Party. If Gorsuch is approved by the Senate, as expected, he would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the court. "He is not a big fan of administrative agencies, which in the coming years will be doing what President Trump is asking them to do". "His track record shows that he would not be a mainstream Supreme Court Justice".

For Democrats, the hearing will dredge up bitter feelings. Continuing a pattern that has become all too familiar during the past two months of confirmation hearings, frantic attempts to impede the appointment of the President's nominees have fallen flat when confronted with the truth.

Since Scalia's death the court has been divided equally 4-4 between conservatives and liberals.

But even if the Democrats do come out swinging, all of their efforts could be for naught if Gorsuch doesn't answer their questions.

Three court justices are elderly.

Advocates also cited cases related to employment accommodations, restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities, discrimination claims and other circumstances where they say Gorsuch took a narrow view of civil rights protections.

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