Democrats threaten delay on Supreme Court nominee

"My vote will be "no", and I urge my colleagues to do the same", he added.

"He should have been much more direct", Blumenthal said.

So far, no senators have officially agreed to join Schumer's filibuster, but Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat from Pennsylvania, announced this morning that he will oppose Gorsuch's nomination.

Republicans were hoping to be able to confirm Gorsuch on a simple majority, as they hold 52 seats in the Senate.

"Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who respects the rights of workers to be treated fairly instead of bowing to big business", began Sanders' statement.

Sen. Schumer noted that all of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama SCOTUS appointees hit the 60-vote threshold and that if the nominee can't reach that total, "The answer isn't to change the rules".

To overcome the filibuster threats, Republicans would need the support of 60 of the Senate's 100 members.

"If Judge Gorsuch can't achieve 60 votes in the Senate, could any judge appointed by a Republican president be approved with 60 or more votes in the Senate?"

"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Sen.

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"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday.

Republicans have the option to change the 60-vote rule to a majority of 51; i.e.

"Some of them can choose to be upset if they want to, but I think it would be best for everyone if we focused on what's before us, what's happening now rather than what happened a year ago", Lee said.

The Senate Majority Leader has given every indication that he's committed to confirming Gorsuch - even if he needs to abolish the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees to do so. A decade ago, Graham became part of the "Gang of 14", which negotiated allowing most of the stalled nominees to get a final confirmation vote in exchange for not abolishing the filibuster in the future.

Gorsuch has largely cruised through his confirmation hearings this week and has been given a "well qualified" rating by the American Bar Association, which historically has favored Democratic nominees.

Hearings for a Supreme Court nominee usually dominate Congress, but that's not been the case over the four days of hearings.

Another vote potentially up for grabs is that of Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Gorsuch's home state of Colorado.

When asked whether Trump's position had changed, Spicer said during his daily press briefing only that the President "has not talked to McConnell recently".

  • Alfonso Moody