Trump's olive branch: Offer Merrick Garland the next Supreme Court seat

Whitehouse told The Providence Journal that he pressed President Donald Trump's nominee on major issues during confirmation hearings this week and came away dissatisfied.

Udall has said he would not support any Supreme Court nominee who would support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark case which legalized abortion. Schumer asked other Democrats to join him to block an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch, perhaps not an unexpected move; yet unprecedented.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of confirmation hearings this week, including two days questioning Gorsuch.

Conservative activists have said they have identified 10 possible "yes" votes for Gorsuch among Democrats seeking 2018 re-election in states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. Though prominent Democrats opposed the nominee of President George H.W. Bush, they allowed an up-and-down vote.

"I don't believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania", Casey said, expressing "serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch's rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy". "None of us want to do it, but we're going to confirm Gorsuch". In response to Democratic criticism, he repeatedly said he has often ruled for the "little guy" over corporations. "Additionally, Judge Gorsuch has an anti-worker record, he has shown hostility toward upholding disability rights, and with his inability to clearly state his position on Roe v. Wade and the position he took on women's access to birth control coverage, he's sent a message loud and clear that he would be a voice against women's health and rights".

"Equal Justice Under Law is engraved on the front of the Supreme Court".

Republicans have a 52-48 majority, so at least eight Democrats and independents will have to vote with Republicans.

That is, of course, unless the Senate majority opts for the "nuclear option" and gets rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Jameel Jaffer, former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the Senate should not confirm Gorsuch without getting answers.

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