Published: Sat, April 01, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote'

Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote'

Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017.

In response to the Democratic criticism, Gorsuch repeatedly said he has often ruled for the "little guy" over corporations.

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

No Democrat has yet pledged to support Gorsuch, but Sen.

Senate Democrats vowed Thursday to impede Judge Neil Gorsuch's path to the Supreme Court, setting up a political showdown with implications for future openings on the high court. Schumer's Thursday announcement followed a similar statement from Sen.

"He is someone who nearly instinctively favors the powerful over the weak, corporations over working Americans".

A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court".

Schumer said doesn't think Gorsuch would serve as a check on Trump or be a mainstream justice.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer called Schumer's announcement disappointing and said it breaks with the tradition of how the Senate has handled Supreme Court confirmation votes in modern times.

It wasn't just Gorsuch's judicial record that appeared to bother the Vermont senator.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Democratic threats of delay, in the face of what he called Gorsuch's outstanding performance, stem from their base's refusal "to accept the outcome of the election". The other seven, including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have yet to announce their plans.

For Democrats, putting up a fight would at least frustrate Trump and placate liberal activists sore about the Republican-led Senate's refusal to vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to the same open seat on the court past year.

If Republicans can gather a total of 60 senators in favor, they can overcome any moves by Democrats to block the nomination.

"Democrats have failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee despite the fact that he is an ultra-conservative jurist who will undermine our basic freedoms and threaten the independence of the federal judiciary", they said in a letter sent to the 48-member minority. In 2013, Democrats changed the rules to prohibit delaying tactics for all nominees other than for the high court.

Republicans are also hopeful that some Democratic members of the judiciary committee, including Chris Coons of DE and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, might be wary of blocking a vote on the nominee.

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

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