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Sens. Markey, Murray, Merkley, Advocates Raise Serious Concerns About SCOTUS Nominee Judge Gorsuch’s Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Record: Senators and advocates outlined his troubling record on worker safety, disability rights, and other issues important to working families
(Democrat - Massachusetts) 03/07/17
Senator Ed Markey said, “Now more than ever, we need a Supreme Court Justice who will stand up for the rights of all Americans against big corporate interests, but Judge Neil Gorsuch is not that Justice. On the bench, Neil Gorsuch has repeatedly advanced an ultra-conservative agenda that sides with corporations and special interests over workers and the disabled. Judge Gorsuch believes that private corporations are people with rights that supersede those of individual Americans. We cannot let Judge Neil Gorsuch become the crucial ninth vote on this Supreme Court.”

[Sen. Murray] Markey, Murray, Merkley, Advocates Raise Serious Concerns About SCOTUS Nominee Judge Gorsuch’s Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Record
(Democrat - Washington) 03/07/17
Senator Patty Murray said, “On the campaign trail, President Trump made a promise to stand up for workers—and he’s breaking that promise by nominating a judge with such a distinctly anti-worker record. Time after time, Judge Gorsuch sided with employers and against workers even in dire circumstances, and I am very concerned that should he end up on the Court, he would side with conservative justices in continuing to undermine workers’ protections, safety, and ability to organize.”

[Sen. Merkley] Markey, Murray, Merkley, Advocates Raise Serious Concerns About SCOTUS Nominee Judge Gorsuch’s Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Record
(Democrat - Oregon) 03/07/17
Senator Jeff Merkley said, “Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record is clear. Between employees and employers, he sides with employers. Between caring for disabled workers or a company’s bottom line, he sides with the company. When it comes to the safety of our workers versus a business, or the security of workers’ retirement versus a business, Judge Gorsuch sides with the business. Regular working Americans need a champion on the bench, and they’re not going to get that with Neil Gorsuch.”

Sen. Blumenthal Calls for Transparency From Conservative Organizations That Identified Nominees To Meet Trump's Supreme Court Litmus Test
(Democrat - Connecticut) 03/06/17
“The wholesale outsourcing of nominee selection to interest groups is without known precedent, especially for a position as important as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” Blumenthal wrote. “Because of the role you appear to have played in the vetting and selection of Judge Gorsuch, it is imperative that the Committee better understand the nature and content of the communications you had with the nominee, the campaign, the transition team, and the administration.”

Sen. King on Garland and Gorsuch Supreme Court nominations
(Independent - Maine) 03/05/17
He was asked by a member of the audience if he would support the Gorsuch nomination. “I haven’t decided yet,” said Maine’s junior senator, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. King told the audience that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal last year to take up President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court “was wrong.” King said he believes the Senate abdicated its constitutional responsibilities by not acting on Garland’s nomination, “but having said that, we are where we are.”... King said he plans to carefully study Gorsuch, his background, and his rulings because the nominee, if confirmed, could have an impact for decades. “This is a 30-year proposition. Neil Gorsuch is 49 years old. If history is our guide, he could serve into his 70s,” King said.

Senate Judiciary Democrats Request Sessions Testimony on False Statements, Russia Contacts
(Democrat - California) 03/03/17
All nine Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today requested that Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) call Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the committee to answer questions about false statements during his confirmation process and contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The senators wrote, “The Attorney General’s responses to our questions during his confirmation process were, at best, incomplete and misleading. Given the seriousness of this matter, we do not believe that a written submission to correct the record is sufficient. Members need to hear directly from the Attorney General as well as have the opportunity to ask him questions in public.” Full text of the letter follows:

Sen. Leahy: Attorney General Sessions’ Partial Recusal Does Not Go Far Enough
(Democrat - Vermont) 03/02/17
"He must appear in public before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain why he twice gave misleading testimony under oath and why he failed to disclose such false testimony until prompted by news reports. Such conduct is unacceptable from our nation’s top law enforcement official.... There must be an independent special counsel to investigate Russia’s meddling in our election"

Sen. King meets with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
(Independent - Maine) 03/01/17
Sen. Angus King held what he called a “productive” meeting with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Wednesday, and said he will hold a “listening session” in Portland Sunday on the nomination. King did not offer any details on what the two discussed late Wednesday morning and said he will continue to evaluate Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge based in Denver, and follow his confirmation hearings before deciding whether to vote for his confirmation.... King said two experts, Kristine Lucius and Dmitry Bam, will offer overviews of the confirmation process and then the senator will discuss how he is approaching the Gorsuch nomination before opening the floor to members of the audience to offer their opinions or ask questions about Gorsuch.... Mainers “should have the opportunity to raise questions so I can understand what they want to know as the confirmation process moves forward,” King said.

Sen. Coons on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - Delaware) 02/28/17
On Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: “I’ve got a lot of homework to do. I look forward to digging into his judicial record, and then we’re going to have confirmation hearings, probably about I think three weeks from now.”

Sen. Feinstein Requests Additional Information Related to Gorsuch Nomination
(Democrat - California) 02/28/17
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent four letters this month requesting documents and additional information on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Sen. Heitkamp on Gorsuch Supreme Court nominatoin
(Democrat - North Dakota) 02/28/17
She's maintained that she will make the best decision for North Dakota and on Tuesday, she told us that she's reserving that judgment. "I intend to do my job, which is the due diligence that we should all do with a lifetime appointment and that involves actually watching the confirmation hearings," said Heitkamp. Heitkamp says that she did like a lot of what she heard from Gorsuch when they met. She says Gorsuch, who is from Colorado, understands many of the issues facing people in this part of the country.

Sen. Toomey expresses continued support for Susan Paradise Baxter
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 02/28/17
Toomey and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, supported Obama's nomination of Baxter, 60, a Democrat from Erie who has been a federal magistrate judge for 22 years. Toomey will support a renomination of Baxter under Trump, a Republican, said Toomey's spokesman, Steve Kelly. "Sen. Toomey believes it is crucial to place a sitting judge at the federal courthouse in Erie, which has remained vacant for years," Kelly said. "He believes that Judge Baxter has the intellect, experience and integrity to serve as a federal judge. "Sen. Toomey looks forward to working with Sen. Casey and the White House to fill the vacancy at the Erie courthouse and other pending vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania."

Statement from Senator Hassan Following Her Meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
(Democrat - New Hampshire) 02/27/17
“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Judge Gorsuch and to discuss the importance of a strong and independent judiciary. In our conversation, I highlighted the critical role the judicial branch plays in protecting the civil rights of all Americans, including a woman's constitutionally protected right to make her own health decisions. I also emphasized the importance of ensuring equality for LGBTQ individuals, as well as my concerns with the influence of unlimited corporate and dark money in American politics. I will continue to thoroughly vet Judge Gorsuch's record and views throughout the hearing process.”

Sen. Blumenthal on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - Connecticut) 02/26/17
“I will do everything I can in terms of legal action outside of the Senate as well as being relentless within the Senate to stop and to resist any infringement on the power of the courts,” he said. “We can talk about alternative facts. But nobody is above the law.”... “Let me just clarify,” he said. “I will use the filibuster. I will use every tool at our disposal to fight a nominee who will change the balance of power on the court, and who is out of the mainstream.” “I haven’t taken a public position on Gorsuch,” Blumenthal added, “but remember, the president who nominated him established a set of litmus tests: the nominee has to be pro-life, very pro-Second Amendment, and of a conservative bent. Judge Gorsuch has an obligation to answer those questions, and if he doesn’t, we have to assume that he passes the Trump litmus test. And if that’s the case, I would use the filibuster. I would use every tool at my disposal.”

Sens. Young, Donnelly Hold Off Committing on Gorsuch Till After Hearings: Young: "Highly impressed" by Supreme Court nominee
(Republican - Indiana) 02/24/17
Indiana's senators are from opposite parties, but they're taking the same stance on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.... Donnelly says he won't decide how to vote until after Gorsuch's confirmation hearings next month -- but Republican Todd Young says the same, though he says he's "highly impressed" after meeting with Gorsuch. He calls the federal appeals judge a constitutionalist with impeccable credentials.

Sens. Young, Donnelly Hold Off Committing on Gorsuch Till After Hearings
(Democrat - Indiana) 02/24/17
Donnelly says he won't decide how to vote until after Gorsuch's confirmation hearings next month -- but Republican Todd Young says the same, though he says he's "highly impressed" after meeting with Gorsuch. He calls the federal appeals judge a constitutionalist with impeccable credentials. Donnelly met with the judge as well, and says he's been reading through Gorsuch's legal writings -- he says the nominee is "very smart," but says he'll be listening for a sense of whether Gorsuch would try to advance a partisan agenda on the Court.

Sen. Shaheen on Gorusch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - New Hampshire) 02/24/17
Shaheen did face some booing when she declared that federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, the President’s nominee to fill the high court vacancy, “will have a hearing, despite what Republicans did on Merrick Garland.” “It’s not in our interest to deny a hearing for Neil Gorsuch. That’s what’s proscribed in the Constitution. I’m not going to go out to say it was wrong for them and then right for us,” the Democratic senator from Madbury continued. But Shaheen predicted that “it will require 60 votes to pass the next Supreme Court judge.” … Hassan agreed with Shaheen, saying “I think it’s absolutely appropriate and right for us to do our constitutional duty and do our hearing.” Both senators seemed to indicate they’re leaning towards voting no on the President’s nominee. “I’m not going to support somebody who I believe is not going to address those major concerns I have for the court,” Shaheen declared.

Sen. Feinstein on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - California) 02/24/17
Feinstein also pushed up against the protesters when she refused to say how she would vote on Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for a seat on the Supreme Court. As the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, “I don’t announce what I’m going to do before the hearing,” she said. “I don’t believe that’s right.” But the crowd erupted in boos when she said that she had a good conversation with Gorsuch, with protesters suggesting Feinstein shouldn’t even have met with him. The senator said her two biggest concerns with Gorsuch, or any other Supreme Court nominee, are his views on gun control and women’s reproductive rights. But politics also will play a role, she admitted. The Republican refusal to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat Gorsuch is seeking, “sticks in our craw,” she said. “It’s hard to forget.”

Sen. Hassan on Gorusch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - New Hampshire) 02/24/17
Shaheen did face some booing when she declared that federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, the President’s nominee to fill the high court vacancy, “will have a hearing, despite what Republicans did on Merrick Garland.” “It’s not in our interest to deny a hearing for Neil Gorsuch. That’s what’s proscribed in the Constitution. I’m not going to go out to say it was wrong for them and then right for us,” the Democratic senator from Madbury continued. But Shaheen predicted that “it will require 60 votes to pass the next Supreme Court judge.” … Hassan agreed with Shaheen, saying “I think it’s absolutely appropriate and right for us to do our constitutional duty and do our hearing.” Both senators seemed to indicate they’re leaning towards voting no on the President’s nominee. “I’m not going to support somebody who I believe is not going to address those major concerns I have for the court,” Shaheen declared.

Sen. Murray on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - Washington) 02/23/17
Murray said she had never pledged a filibuster. Later an aide clarified that the option isn’t off the table, but said the senator isn’t actively planning on the move. Speaking generally of Trump’s nominees, Murray said, “We have a responsibility to meet with them, to evaluate them, to really see what their philosophy is, what their personal experience is. And to then decide our votes on that.” Still, Murray said, Trump’s nominees, and especially for the Supreme Court, need extra scrutiny by virtue of their association with the president. “I am very concerned about any nominee at this time because we have a president who … believes that he is more important than the law,” she said.

Sen. Murphy on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - Connecticut) 02/23/17
One asked Murphy whether he will vote to confirm President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose Senate hearing begins March 20. Murphy met with the Republican president’s pick last week, is now reviewing his record and plans to come to a decision in the coming weeks or months. “He’s very impressive, he’s very thoughtful, he’s very smart,” Murphy said. “My concern — and this would be my concern with any judge not just Judge Gorsuch — is that I don’t want a judge bringing their politics into the Supreme Court. I want a judge who can interpret the law and not be activist.”

Sen. Peters on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 02/21/17
Peters, who has met with Gorsuch, said he has an "open mind" about the judge but was noncommittal on whether he should get an up-or-down vote. He said some of Gorsuch's rulings "raise some flags." "Certainly he brings a set of qualifications to the job. My problem with him may deal more with some of his judicial philosophy. But again I'm going to wait for a final decision as I hear more," Peters said Tuesday after a Vietnam-era veterans event in Lansing.

Trump caved to far-right demands on SCOTUS pick, says Bob Casey after meeting Neil Gorsuch
(Democrat - Pennsylvania) 02/16/17
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., may have shared a few laughs on Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but he walked away with concerns about the judge's candidacy for the high court. Casey excoriated President Trump's "decision to give in to" the demands of far-right groups to select a nominee for the high court from their "approved list" in exchange for support. "President Trump's decision to give in to their demand and choose from only their list of nominees was unprecedented," Casey said, in a written statement. "It is essential that the next Supreme Court justice be truly independent so the court can fulfill its vital institutional role in our system of checks and balances. The decisions made by the next Supreme Court Justice will be extraordinarily consequential; the next Justice will be the deciding vote on a range of cases impacting the lives of tens of millions of Americans for a generation or more." With his confirmation hearing scheduled for March 20, Gorsuch on Thursday continued to make the rounds on Capitol Hill meeting with Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. He met with Casey's Republican counterpart Sen. Pat Toomey on Tuesday. "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Judge Gorsuch today," Casey said. "I discussed with him some real concerns I have about his judicial philosophy and some of his opinions as a 10th Circuit Judge that were in conflict with federal agency decisions focused on protecting the health and safety of workers." ... Casey said that the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts had ruled overwhelmingly in favor of big corporations and that Gorsuch's judicial record suggests he may continue that trend. "I discussed with Judge Gorsuch some of his decisions pertaining to critical civil rights laws protecting individuals with disabilities, like the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act," Casey said. "The rights of those with disabilities, particularly the right to an equal education, must be vigorously protected by the courts." Casey said he would continue to review Gorsuch's record and follow his answers to questions during his hearing before the Judiciary Committee in March, as well as his written responses to questions.

Sen. Baldwin meets Gorsuch, restates her opposition
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 02/16/17
After meeting Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said the two had a "respectful and thoughtful conversation," but she reiterated her plans to vote against him and to support a filibuster against his nomination. “I found Judge Gorsuch to be very smart and we discussed a number of his rulings that I continue to have deep concerns about, including decisions against disabled students, against workers, and against women’s reproductive health care,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I will not support a Supreme Court nominee who has too often favored big business over workers and retirees. I also believe people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans. I don’t have confidence Judge Gorsuch is that nominee.”... In her statement after meeting Gorsuch on Thursday, Baldwin said: “I was pleased to meet with Judge Gorsuch and we had a respectful and thoughtful conversation about his record and his nomination by President Trump to our nation’s highest court. In our meeting, we discussed President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary and Judge Gorsuch’s private comments about them." Baldwin was referring to private comments Gorsuch had made to senators lamenting attacks on the judiciary. "I told him that I believe such attacks are wrong," said Baldwin. "But I also told him that a judge who is strong and independent should not be demoralized by the president's tweets. The president and his administration have continued to attack judges since Judge Gorsuch made his private comments and I encouraged him to publicly call these attacks what they are, wrong."

Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Meeting with Gorsuch
(Democrat - Rhode Island) 02/15/17
“I was glad Judge Gorsuch and I could meet today. I have heard a number of concerns from Rhode Islanders about his nomination and we covered a great deal of ground. In recent years, the Supreme Court has delivered one 5-4 decision after another, benefiting the Republican Party’s political operation in three big ways: helping them win elections by rolling back campaign finance and voter protections; helping the Party’s corporate backers by punishing unions and workers; and delivering far-right social policy that Congress would not pass. These conservative political victories should not be confused with conservative judicial philosophy. Indeed, in some cases, these decisions have been plainly activist and in direct opposition to a typical conservative jurist’s reading of the Constitution, like the Seventh Amendment guarantee of access to a civil jury or the Fifth and Fourteenth’s guarantee of due process. Chief Justice Roberts promised to merely ‘call balls and strikes.’ Then, the conservative bloc of five Justices became a political wrecking crew. Rhode Islanders want the Senate to confirm a Justice who will faithfully serve the Court and serve the law, not serve the special interests of the Republican Party. To win my support, Judge Gorsuch will have to convince me that he will stand up to the sort of political giveaways to Republicans that have been the hallmark of the Roberts Court.”

Sen. Shaheen Statement Following Her Meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
(Democrat - New Hampshire) 02/15/17
“My meeting with Judge Gorsuch was a valuable opportunity to discuss the critical role that our judiciary has in America’s system of checks and balances,” said Shaheen. “I expressed to Judge Gorsuch my strong view that the independence of the Supreme Court is paramount and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about his judicial philosophy. I voiced my support for women’s reproductive rights and the important precedent of the Roe v. Wade decision. I also expressed my concern about the dramatic increase of secret money in politics in the wake of the Citizens United decision. I look forward to reviewing his public testimony during the nomination process.”

Indiana Senators on judicial vacancies
(Republican - Indiana) 02/14/17
Indiana Sen. Todd Young is taking applications for several vacancies in federal federal court ... Young has spoken with Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly about the process, according to Donnelly’s office. Applicants are being sought for judicial vacancies in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne division and South Bend division; and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis division.... Applications are due by March 13. “Indiana currently has multiple vacancies that are creating a strain on our justice system,” Young said in a press release. “It’s my mission to recommend qualified, trustworthy Hoosiers to the President to fill these roles as soon as possible.” In January 2016, former President Barack Obama nominated two candidates for the Indiana judicial vacancies. Winfield Ong, nominee for the Southern District of Indiana, was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee but never received a full vote by the U.S. Senate. Myra Selby, nominee for the 7th Circuit, was not given a hearing by the Judiciary Committee because former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats withheld his support.

Sen. Donnelly Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch
(Democrat - Indiana) 02/14/17
Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after meeting with Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Donnelly and Gorsuch talked about Gorsuch’s experience as a judge, his judicial philosophy, and his thoughts on judicial independence. Donnelly said, “Judge Gorsuch and I had a thoughtful conversation. I had the chance to ask him questions, discuss his views on the role of the Supreme Court, and hear about his experience on the federal bench. “I take my responsibility seriously to consider judicial nominees, including to the Supreme Court. As I have said, part of my job as Senator is to meet, consider, debate, and vote on judicial nominations. I will continue to carefully review Judge Gorsuch’s record and qualifications in the coming weeks and will be following his hearing before the Judiciary Committee.”

Sen. Durbin Meets With President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee
(Democrat - Illinois) 02/14/17
“At this pivotal time in our history, the Supreme Court must be an independent check on the Executive branch—its Justices must be unafraid to stand up to the President in the name of the Constitution and the rule of law. With a dizzying array of legal and constitutional disputes already haunting this White House, the Senate will not simply hand President Trump the deciding vote on cases that bring his Administration before the Supreme Court. I will insist that President Trump’s nominee be held to the same 60 vote threshold as past nominees have met,” said Durbin.