Republicans are going to start whining about Democratic obstruction — again — anytime now.
On Thursday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) stood on the Senate floor and announced that he would not be supporting the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Gorsuch is President Trump’s nominee to replace Judge Antonin Scalia, who died more than a year ago. Scalia’s seat has been vacant since his death because Republicans, led by Senate Majority Lead Mitch McConnell, refused to confirm President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
In explaining his reasoning for not supporting Gorsuch’s nomination, Schumer told his Senate colleagues that “what is at stake is considerable” when it comes to confirming a judge to replace Scalia. He then went on to describe the various ways that the decision of one judge can make all the difference in the lives of the American people.
‘Closely divided decisions recently have meant the difference between the ability to marry the person you love, or not; the ability to have your right to vote protected, or not; the ability to make personal choices about your own healthcare, or not. The supreme court matters a great, great deal. It matters for workers who want to protect both their lives and their jobs, for employees who need to be able to seek redress for discrimination, for parents who want their kids to get a fair shake in the education system.’
After making his point about the importance of confirming a fair judge, Schumer declared that Judge Gorsuch will have to earn the 60 votes he needs without his help.
‘[Gorsuch’s] nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.’
During his statement, Schumer also addressed his Republicans colleagues who want to change the rules to ensure that Gorsuch is confirmed.
‘If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and George Bush’s last two nominees, the answer isn’t to change the rules. It’s to change the nominee.’
Watch Schumer’s statement in the video below, available via YouTube:
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