Sen. Tom Udall on Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - New Mexico)
I will thoroughly review the record of Judge Gorsuch and listen to the people of New Mexico before deciding how I will proceed with considering his nomination and how I will vote. However, I almost always disagreed with Justice Scalia's opinions and politics, and I believe the nation would be better off with a more mainstream, centrist justice in his seat. President Trump received nearly 3 million fewer votes than Secretary Clinton. He does not have a mandate to appoint an ultra-conservative justice to the nation’s highest court.
The first 11 days of President Trump's administration have made it chillingly clear how critical it is to have an independent judiciary that will evaluate matters on the facts and precedent, rather than a political agenda, and how fundamental the checks and balances in the Constitution are to our democracy. The Supreme Court will consider many weighty issues, and I will be carefully scrutinizing Judge Gorsuch’s record for how he would rule on workers' rights, laws that keep our air and water clean, and preventing discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation, among other issues. But President Trump has emphasized that he was choosing a nominee who would carry out his intention to reverse Roe v. Wade. So I want to be clear where I stand: Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for over 40 years, and I will fight any effort to reverse the law and take away a woman's right to make her own health care decisions."
Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Trump Supreme Court Pick
(Democrat - Rhode Island)
“The most important question President Trump’s nominee will face is where he will stand on the special interest politics that has stricken the Court. For years, a gang of five Republican appointees took direction from big right-wing lobbies. Their efforts have corrupted our politics with special-interest ‘dark money’; exacerbated the plague of guns; protected powerful corporations from answering to juries; busted unions; and given Republicans election advantages. Often, the Gang of 5 ignored conservative judicial doctrine to achieve political outcomes benefitting a ‘usual suspects’ list of special interests active before the Court. This has to stop, and Judge Gorsuch must pledge to stop it.”
Sen. Van Hollen on potential filibuster of Trump Supreme Court nomination
(Democrat - Maryland)
"The American public deserves a thorough vetting. People need to make sure that we have a Supreme Court justice who is in the mainstream and ultimately that's why we have a 60-vote requirement to make sure whoever it is can get that consensus," said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said before Trump's nominee was announced. "I'm very worried that the person may not fit that pattern, but we need to wait and see."
Sen. Booker Statement on Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
(Democrat - New Jersey)
"The Senate's duty to advise and consent does not mean being a rubber stamp, and having begun the process of reviewing Judge Gorsuch's extensive judicial record I have very serious concerns about his nomination.
"Based on what I have read of his past rulings and statements, I believe that Judge Gorsuch's interpretation of the Constitution falls far outside of the mainstream and I question whether he will put the interests of working families in New Jersey and throughout the country before those of big corporations, or adequately protect the rights of women, minorities, and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Any Supreme Court nominee must possess a judicial philosophy and track record that promotes the equal rights of all people and shows an understanding of how the Court's decisions impact the lives of everyday Americans -- I will hold Judge Gorsuch and all future nominees to this fundamental standard."
Sen. Debbie Stabenow: I Have 'Great Concerns' About Gorsuch
(Democrat - Nebraska)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Tuesday night she had "great concerns" about President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch as a justice of the Supreme Court.
"This is the place where people need to come together, you need to have a mainstream pick," she told MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes."
"This is about somebody who will uphold the Constitution and not be ideologically extreme one way or the other…"
"I have great concerns about this nominee," she added. "I'll listen, I'll meet with him. The cases I've seen that he has ruled on I'm very concerned about. But I think the biggest thing is that it needs to be a coming together and you do that with 60 votes."
Sen. Collins: "I am not a proponent of changing the rules of the Senate,"
(Republican - Maine)
Republicans potentially have the power to further change the rules so the minority can't even block a Supreme Court nominee.
However, it takes 51 votes in the Senate to employ the nuclear option. And Republicans may not have the votes. Already one Republican — Susan Collins of Maine — says don't count on her vote.
"I am not a proponent of changing the rules of the Senate," said Collins on Monday evening. "I hope that common sense will prevail and that we will have a normal process for considering this nominee."
Sen. Schumer Floor Statement: Nomination of Neil Gorsuch
(Democrat - New York)
"Democrats will insist on a rigorous but fair process. There will be
60 votes for confirmation. Any one Member can require it. Many
Democrats already have.
And it is the right thing to do.
On a subject as important as a Supreme Court nomination, bipartisan
support should be a prerequisite; it should be essential. That is what
60 votes does.
This is nothing new. It was a bar met by each of President Obama's
nominations.... Because this President has started out in such a fundamentally
undemocratic way, we have to examine this nominee closely. As to the
nominee himself, I have serious concerns about how he measures up on
these two great issues I just described.
First, Judge Gorsuch has consistently favored corporate interests
over the rights of working people.... Second, Judge Gorsuch lacks a record demonstrating the kind of
independence the Court desperately needs right now. He has shown a
tendency to let ideology influence his decisions, criticizing
``liberals'' for turning to the courts to advance policy.... Given that record, I have very
serious doubts that Judge Neil Gorsuch is up to the job."