The Federalist SocietyThe issue of abortion is guaranteed to come up this week when the Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Considering how little anyone knew about the 49 year-old Colorado Appeals Court judge it is a hasty timeline, and one that some Democrats say isn't long enough. Federal Election Commission in order to avoid a Senate filibuster of his confirmation vote.
Bennet will join Gardner on Monday in introducing Gorsuch before the Judiciary Committee, but unlike Gardner he has not said whether he will support his nomination. Some Democratic senators - such as Oregon's Jeff Merkley - have spoken out forcefully against him, but most have not.
The other issues are clearly taking up the Democrats' time. The ultimate caretakers of our founding document work across the street, at the United States Supreme Court. "The result has been a system that empowers the wealthy and well-connected, while drowning out the voices of everyday Americans". As Judge Gorsuch said in his speech accepting the nomination to the Supreme Court, "A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge".
At the time, Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the Democratic Party candidate, confirmed, "Barack Obama has always believed that our courts should stand up for social and economic justice". If confirmed as expected given the Republicans' control of the 100-member Senate, Gorsuch would restore the court's conservative tilt.
Since his January 31 nomination by President Donald Trump, Gorsuch has maneuvered throughout Capitol Hill without any apparent missteps. Judge Gorsuch has several significant opinions regarding Native American tribal sovereignty. Frequently cited is his concurring opinion in a 10th Circuit case decided in 2014, known as Riddle v. Hickenlooper.
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Allison Turbiville is in Billings fielding calls from reporters around the state, affirming support for Judge Gorsuch in the upcoming hearings in Washington.
Our federal courts are critically important to protecting voting rights and participation in the political process; ensuring equal treatment for all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation; protecting access to comprehensive health care; making sure our air is safe to breathe and our water is safe to drink; and ultimately providing a check and balance on the powers of Congress and the president.
This is precisely why it is so alarming that Neil Gorsuch has, throughout his career, refused to recognize the role of the courts in protecting individual and civil rights. Of particular interest to many will be how Senate Democrats interact with the nominee. If asked about a specific case on LGBT cases, he's likely to say - as most judicial nominees do - that he will abide by the Supreme Court's decisions on those cases. The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision in 2014 was seen as a "dangerous and radical" one that could enable employers to simply claim religious beliefs to gain exemption from laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gorsuch's record, according to that statement, is "more recklessly conservative" than that of Justice Antonin Scalia, the person he was nominated to replace.
"We're gonna confirm him before the April recess", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., assured Politico reporters on March 9. The trend toward politicizing the court is eroding its credibility for objectively upholding the law, the senator charged. Rosen, of the National Constitution Center, who clerked on an appellate court with Gorsuch, said that while Scalia could be "acerbic", Gorsuch was "an incredibly nice guy, warm and friendly".