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The Judiciary panel is expected to vote in the next two weeks to recommend Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate. If enough senators oppose cloture-which ends debate on the nomination-it would require 60 votes to move forward to a final vote, essentially blocking Gorsuch.
"In a statement released Friday, Reed said he is concerned that Gorsuch's "pro-corporate tendencies" would make justice hard for workers and consumers". Fischer counters that prominent Democrats had declared they would not consider any Supreme Court nominee made by President George W. Bush if a vacancy occurred in the last year-and-a-half of his presidency.
The comments come as Republican lawmakers in the Senate and the White House push to confirm Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia's death previous year.
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Schumer said if Gorsuch can not attract 60 votes, "the answer isn't to change the rules".
Harris and Murray join several other Democratic colleagues who have said they will vote against Gorsuch, including five Democrats who announced their opposition Thursday. The Republican push to dismantle Obama's Affordable Care Act and the controversy surrounding the investigation into contact between Trump associates and Russian Federation overshadowed the hearings.
Murray said she also is opposing Gorsuch because of "chaos" in President Donald Trump's administration, pointing to his immigration and travel ban blocked by federal courts and an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation. "But Judge Gorsuch didn't convince me that he would be an independent voice on the court".
The West Virginia senator's seat is considered a prime target for Republicans. Jameel Jaffer, former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the Senate should not confirm Gorsuch without getting answers.