Lindsey Graham dares Democrats to explain why Neil Gorsuch is 'not qualified'

For the executive to ensure those laws are faithfully enforced.

Franken, who referred several time to the Supreme Court as the "Roberts court", acknowledged Gorsuch's experience and said he has "strong opinions", but questioned his interpretation of the Constitution.

Democrats claimed that he has found in favour of corporations over "the little guy" during that time, while Republicans credit him with an intelligent and straightforward approach of interpreting the law as it is, not as anyone would wish it to be.

Since Judge Scalia's death, the court has split 4 to 4 on a handful of cases.

The nomination of Judge Gorsuch has been a genuinely collaborative and transparent process.

If I thought that were true, I would hang up the robe.

Sasse characterized Gorsuch as a man who would say to those lawmakers, "I'm not an emperor, I'm a judge".

Gorsuch thanked his wife, Louise, his daughters, his extended family, and his parents. Byron White served as a Supreme Court justice for 31 years.

Monday's hearing was devoted to opening statements from the 20 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Several committee Democrats, including Dianne Feinstein of California, lamented that Gorsuch was not Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, and Patrick Leahy of Vermont said he was picked by "special interest" groups.

After weeks of lobbying, ads, applause and attacks, U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court is ready for the spotlight in the Senate.

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Republicans will have to get at least 10 Democrats and independents to vote for Gorsuch, as the filibuster in the Senate removed by Democrats during the Obama administration still applies to Supreme Court nominees.

"So I hope this nomination hearing focuses on the one person before us", Mr Tillis said.

You can watch Judge Gorsuch's 13-minute long opening remarks at c-span.org. Republicans are in lockstep with Gorsuch, believing he will restore the Supreme Court's conservative tilt.

The president is not shy when it comes to attacking those who have disagreed with his agenda - including members of the federal judiciary - and it's a safe bet you'll hear the word "Trump" frequently emanating from Democrats during the marathon four-day set of hearings.

Committee head Sen. Chuck Grassley predicted the first round of questioning will last for about 10 hours, and joked that he would appreciate it if he could be home for his preferred 9 p.m. bedtime. Cory Gardner and Democratic Sen.

The confirmation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch began on Monday.

Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearing to the nation's highest court began Monday morning, can now count on the support of one of the NFL's most prolific icons.

During the campaign, the president put forward a list of prospective nominees and pledged to select an exceptionally qualified individual who faithfully abides by the text of our Constitution much to the same degree as Justice Scalia.

In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Sen. As he reiterated at his nomination press conference last month, "a judge who likes every result he reaches is very likely a bad judge, reaching for results he prefers rather than those the law compels".

"Some of my colleagues seem to have rediscovered an appreciation for the need to confine each branch of government to its proper sphere". Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed that the Senate will vote on Gorsuch's nomination before leaving for its April 8 Easter recess. But with Gorsuch being such a squeaky clean nominee, the real drama will be in witnessing just how desperate Democrat leaders become as they seek to convince fellow Democrats - especially those up for election in red states come 2018 - to hold the line in opposition. That means changing the Senate rules so that only a majority, not a supermajority, is needed to end the filibuster and confirm Gorsuch.

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