Senator Richard Blumenthal discusses Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Lauren Perry
March 21, 2017

Monday was the first day of a three-day series of confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL told Gorsuch, "In case after case, you've either dismissed or rejected the efforts of workers and families to recognize their rights or defend their freedoms".

In their opening statements on Monday, Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee argued that Gorsuch is likely to continue the trend.

Even after several students, include male students, tried to shift the conversation back to the ideas of work-life balance and raising a family, Sisk said Gorsuch only focused on the idea of women having children and that companies must ask potential female employees about their plans for having a family in order to protect their interests. The Court could allow for more state restrictions on abortion and other women's rights but she thinks that because of Justice Anthony Kennedy's more liberal voting record on the issues that Roe v. Wade should remain intact. President Donald Trump won 56 percent of voters who said the Supreme Court appointment was important, according to national exit polls.

Gorsuch has met with 72 of the 100 senators in advance of his hearings. Like other nominees, he has participated in mock questioning facilitated by the Trump administration. These are sometimes dubbed "murder boards" due to their intensity.

Hopefully, senators on the committee - including Texas' duo, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz - will ask discerning questions helpful in reassuring the public about this judge's qualifications and demonstrating his fitness for the high court.

"Judge Gorsuch has expressed hostility toward private civil rights litigation, calling such lawsuits "bad for the country, '" reads the advocates" correspondence to Sen.

Gorsuch now sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals where he has carved out a reputation for being a strong adherent of "textualism", or a literal reading of the Constitution.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has urged the Senate judiciary committee to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the USA supreme court in an endorsement letter written on official team letterhead. Lindsey Graham doubled down on his argument that Democrats have a responsibility to support him. In early March a group of 11 progressive political organizations signed a letter demanding that all Senate Democrats refuse to confirm.

Trump - who asked the Senate to "go nuclear" if Democrats filibuster - has said he is confident Gorsuch will be confirmed. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, called the blockade "one of the greatest stains" in the history of the Judiciary Committee.

Progressive groups are quick to point out Gorsuch's conservative record on social issues, including his high-profile ruling in the Hobby Lobby case where he sided with a religious employers in their case against a Obama-era mandate to provide contraceptive insurance. So instead of approving or rejecting the nominee, the committee will usually report the nomination favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation.

Of the 15 most recent nominations, 13 were reported favorably. The Senate confirmed him to his current position on the circuit court without a single vote in opposition. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. - are expected to primarily highlight Gorsuch's resume and his devotion to the Constitution.

Another ruling that may dog Gorsuch as he undergoes his confirmation hearings was a controversial ruling in the case of MI truck driver Alphonse Maddin. Many Senate Democrats, including Blumenthal, have signaled they are willing to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.

Republicans hold 52 of the Senate's 100 seats.

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