Next week isn't the only chance the Democrats have to stand up to Gorsuch - they can still filibuster his nomination when it comes before the full Senate - but the hearings are the most visible forum they'll have for doing so. The Supreme Court hears the final arguments of its current term later that month.
Grassley said to the judge at the start of the hearing: "If you hear that you're for some business or against some plaintiff - don't worry".
On abortion rights, Feinstein said that while Gorsuch has not ruled directly on those questions, his writings have been interpreted by both sides as indicating he would overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion rights decision. The Democrat also noted Gorsuch was nominated by Trump, who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes.
It is unfortunate that Judge Gorsuch will not receive thorough oversight and questioning from Sen. "That is why the Senate Republicans kept the Supreme Court seat vacant for more than a year and why they left 30 judicial nominees who had received bipartisan approval of this committee to die on the Senate calendar as President Obama left office".
In 2013, when Democrats were in the majority they changed the rules so that federal judges could be confirmed with a simple majority vote, but they maintained the long-standing requirement that Supreme Court picks would first need 60 votes to move their confirmation forward without the threat of a filibuster. The votes have become more partisan over the years; the last unanimous vote was for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1987. Schumer said last week that he did not think Republicans wanted to go that route. Blumenthal said he had prepared "tough but respectful" questions for hearings this week.
Feinstein, of California, on Monday faulted Gorsuch for voting against a truck driver who was sacked for abandoning his trailer on the side of a road after waiting several hours in subzero temperatures for a fix truck. Gorsuch said the trucking company didn't violate federal law.
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She also took issue with a couple of Gorsuch's cases that involved criminal gun possession and labor relations.
Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearings were set to begin on Monday.
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.
In speech after speech, Democrats in their opening statements reminded Republicans of how they blocked Garland from getting a hearing or vote a year ago, in spite of former President Barack Obama nominating Garland in March 2016, months before the White House changed hands. The Supreme Court later agreed with Gorsuch.
Gorsuch told lawmakers in private meetings he found Trump's comments about the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing". "In his court decisions, Judge Gorsuch endorsed the lowest of expectations for students with disabilities, which allowed public schools to provide our highest-needs students with the bare minimum educational benefit". His appointment was blocked by Republicans. "It's a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court".