Sen. Ben Cardin will support filibuster of Neil Gorsuch

Other moderate Republicans didn't want to directly confirm they would vote for the rule change, even as they suggested they would if it was needed to get Gorsuch confirmed.

"We will not have a successful filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, because if we have to we will change the rules, and it looks like we are going to have to", Graham said.

"I applaud Senator Bennet for taking the high ground and refusing to filibuster' the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court". Pete Domenici showed the same emotion on the floor of the Senate, repeatedly defeating cloture votes between 1993 and 1996 against legislation that had easily passed the House and would have had majority support in the Senate.

SIEGEL: But just to be clear, Senator Hirono, what do you say to someone who might sympathize with your view of Judge Gorsuch but who would say the filibuster is going to be merely symbolic, a symbolic act of protest?

"There is a troubling direction that some of this is going in", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Republican Sen. John McCain, a longtime opponent of Senate rules changes, told reporters he would support the move.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said: "What the majority leader did to Merrick Garland by denying him a hearing and a vote is even worse than a filibuster".

He is expected to announce his stance on Gorsuch either Tuesday or Wednesday.

"The last time a Republican president nominated someone to the Supreme Court, Democrats tried to filibuster him too".

"Democrats, including me, are still furious at the way Judge Merrick Garland was treated a year ago. I hope we'll come to our senses and not change the core of the Senate".

The battle to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia has been ongoing since the judge's unanticipated death in February of 2016. Not only will Gorsuch be an associate justice on the Supreme Court, Democrats will lose any remaining leverage they have to force centrist judicial picks.

Had Garland been confirmed, the court would have tilted to the left for the first time in decades.

Campaigning Friday in New Jersey, Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and deputy chair Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, both called for a filibuster of Gorsuch, knowing it would likely lead McConnell to invoke the nuclear option.

"In fact, I said we could expect to hear a number of convoluted excuses as to why they wouldn't support the president's yet-to-be-named nominee - excuses that would amount to little more than their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the election".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer accused Democrats of partisan obstruction that sets "a very risky precedent" and told a briefing that "we're obviously disappointed that the overwhelming majority of them are still playing politics with the nation's highest court".

Republicans hold a 52-48 Senate majority.

"Estrada's nomination also has become a cause celebre among liberal and conservative activists, increasing the pressure on Democratic and Republican Senate leaders to lock horns over the issue". The key is a procedural vote expected Thursday to end debate on the nomination. "If the law can change so easily as that", Gorsuch said, "where's the due process to the individual, the person who doesn't have an army of lawyers?" "I will not, I can not support advancing this nomination", he said.

As Senate Democrats continue to politicize the confirmation of Trump Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senate Majority leader, Sen. They pushed through a rules change lowering the vote threshold on all nominees except for the Supreme Court - from 60 votes to a simple majority.

While people like Jon Tester of Montana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri sit in states that Trump carried and will need to face voters in 2018, they are both against cloture and Gorsuch more broadly. Why?

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