Friday, 20 October, 2017

Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court

Claire McCaskill Dem senator warns of political danger on Supreme Court vote
Craig Ferguson | 09 April, 2017, 03:22

McConnell has made it clear he will change the rules if he doesn't get the votes, meaning they could proceed to a final confirmation vote with only a simple majority.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lost two in his caucus Thursday when Democratic Sens.

Few Democrats are expected to support his nomination and some have promised to filibuster when the vote reaches the floor.

A Democratic senator facing a tough re-election is warning her party there is a political risk in voting to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first Democrat to defect from his party's opposition.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY warned Republicans against changing Senate rules, which could prove momentous for the chamber and would allow all future Supreme Court nominees to get on the court regardless of opposition from the minority party.

Manchin and Heitkamp join all 52 Senate Republicans, who argue the Denver-based federal appeals court judge is impeccably qualified to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the high court.

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It would also bring a host of problems, given the malnourished state of many of North Korea's people and its poor health system. The potential of sports in the private sector was felt during the hockey game between the North and South Korean teams.

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But the senior USA military officials, who weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity, said U.S. The secretary of state is due to visit Moscow next week for what will be hard talks with President Vladimir Putin.

"I hope that we can get 60 votes and not change 200-plus years of history, but I will do whatever's necessary, but I've been a pretty balanced guy and enough is enough", Graham said. But Schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough Democrats to block the nomination, which could prompt Republicans to invoke the rules change. In an interview with The Associated Press, Schumer says McConnell "can prove he cares about the Senate by not changing the rules". Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said they would vote for the Colorado jurist.

But another Democrat seen as on the fence, Senator Maria Cantwell, said she would back a filibuster and vote against Gorsuch's confirmation.

"It is obviously a really hard situation, that both alternatives, I think, have a lot of danger", McCaskill told reporters on Thursday.

Manchin says he holds "no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court Justice".

The Judicial Crisis Network announced the buy Thursday.

After the recording was released, McCaskill confirmed the recording to reporters in the Capitol, saying her words speak for themselves.

Twelve Democrats, including Coons, have yet to announce whether they would vote against Gorsuch or support a filibuster. She said her vote for Gorsuch "does not diminish how disturbed I am by what Republicans did to Judge Garland", but she said two wrongs don't make a right.

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