U.S. Senator Kamala Harris is among a group of Democrats saying they'll vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him, the Associated Press reports.
Even if Schumer held together at least 41 Democrats to sustain a filibuster, the Republican Senate leadership could well move to change the rules and require a simple majority for confirmation.
She said those issues have led her to conclude that "I can not trust that President Trump is acting in the best interest of our country or our democracy and that I can not support moving forward with his choice for the court".
For Democrats, putting up a fight would at least frustrate Trump and placate liberal activists sore about the Republican-led Senate's refusal to vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to the same open seat on the court a year ago. McConnell has said he plans for Gorsuch to be confirmed by the time the Senate goes on recess for Easter on April 7th, adding the clock to the list of hurdles for Democrats, who won't have much time for debate when the nomination hits the Senate floor April 3rd.
Nevertheless, the Senate Democrats are under such pressure from the left that I am not optimistic that Mr. Gorsuch will get any votes from anyone with a "D" next to their name.
Conservative activists were targeting ten Democrats running for reelection in 2018 in states Trump won in the presidential election as possible "yes" votes for Gorsuch among Democrats.
The senator outlined his opposition to Gorsuch after meeting with him. Bennet has yet to announce his position.
Nothing revealed during Gorsuch's 20 hours of testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and nothing that has been presented about his judicial background would suggest he is unprepared or unfit to take a seat on the high court. Their spokesmen did not respond to requests seeking comment. Trump has signaled support for changing the 60-vote threshold in the face of Democratic opposition. Judge Neil Gorsuch is an extreme Supreme Court nominee who has consistently sided with powerful interests over the American people.
Sarah Binder, a political scientist at George Washington University, said Democrats may be able to gather enough support to block a vote because so few of them are moderates from Republican-leaning states, meaning they may feel they have little to lose.