Here Are 4 Possible Outcomes for Gorsuch's Confirmation Process

Malcolm Fuller
March 19, 2017

But we called a bunch of other sherpas, people who helped guide nominees through the Senate confirmation process during the Obama administration, to try to understand their roles better - and to understand how confirmation battles got so contentious.

In a 2010 case, Skaggs said Gorsuch relied on procedural grounds in rejecting the appeal of a man charged with possessing a gun after being convicted of domestic violence rather than "conceding the point that convicted domestic abusers don't enjoy the same Second Amendment rights as law abiding citizens".

Tester said he has yet to reach a decision on Gorsuch's nomination, and plans to watch the hearings next week before making up his mind.

Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing begins on March 20th and both sides of the political aisle are prepping for a battle that has been almost 14 months in the making.

My expectation is that Democrat leadership in the Senate will insist on a cloture vote for Judge Gorsuch's nomination, but that the motion will receive 60 votes, and that he will then be confirmed with a range of 55 to 60 votes.
"I don't see that".

"Now more than ever, America needs Supreme Court justices with a proven record of standing up for the rights of all Americans-civil rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, and all other protections guaranteed by our laws", said Sen. A New York Times article noted that Gorsuch has had two openly gay clerks, at least one of who told Gorsuch he was gay before Gorsuch hired him. The Senate Republicans can revoke the filibuster rule, the so-called nuclear option, and ram Gorsuch through. "This Gorsuch confirmation hearing brings a lot of different threads together", said Josh Dorner, spokesman for the Constitutional Responsibility Project. Because the judge fairly applied the law. A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court would later agree, ruling for the first time that certain for-profit corporations have protected religious rights. Interpreting and applying the law should not be mistaken for picking preferred outcomes.

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In the case of Mr. Gutierrez-Brizuela and others in his shoes, the agency was the Board of Immigration Appeals, operating under the US attorney general.

Across the country, from Trump's announcement of Gorsuch on January 31 until last week, total ad spending was more than $3.3 million supporting Gorsuch, with just $181,000 from liberal groups opposing his confirmation, according to the GOP estimate. The executive director of the Sierra Club writes about this nomination: "Gorsuch has proven himself hostile to environmental protection, women's rights, and the rights of workers and can not be trusted to protect our air, our water, our communities". One case pending before the court tests whether a bakery can refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. He also wrote separately suggesting it was time to rethink the Chevron doctrine.

According to an op-ed ran in The Washington Post, our friend Gorsuch has ruled in favor, "for those accused of crimes as well as for law enforcement; for those who entered the country legally; and for those harmed by environmental damage". This comes after their unprecedented partisan obstructionism, refusing a hearing or a vote on President Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Antonin Scalia in February 2015, almost a full year before the end of the President's term.

Other efforts have included people coming forth to claim that in his legal tenure, Gorsuch squashed workers' rights by siding, consistently, with employers in employer-labor disputes.

Mr. Goldberg pointed to a case over Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to unilaterally suspend funding of Planned Parenthood after the 2015 release of videos that purported to show officers of the health care provider discussing a fetal tissue donation program.

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