On Thursday, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer voiced his intentions regarding the vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

He officially announced that he would not be voting for Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

In a speech, he stated:

“After careful deliberation I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.”

In order to come to cloture to move into a vote, 60 votes are needed. Schumer is now saying that they will need a way to get past this because he intends to have the confirmation filibustered and blocked.


Interestingly, there is very little criticism that has been made of Gorsuch himself as a nominee. Rather, they have argued that his nomination should be blocked based on the Republican’s treatment of Merrick Garland in the past. They continue to argue that because he was blocked, any Republican should be as well.

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It is not yet clear how many Democrats plan to Schumer. Some Democrats in leadership, including Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Dick Durbin has made it clear that he is strongly considering supporting Gorsuch.

Regardless of the actions taken by the Democrats, it appears highly doubtful that Gorsuch would not be confirmed to the court. The Republican majority can very easily change the Senate rules so that the confirmation can be done by only a simple majority. This would make it so that his confirmation would be almost virtually impossible to block.

What do you think? Would it be a good idea for the Democrats to try to block Gorsuch’s nomination? Is it effective policy and is it good politics? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.


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