These Dem Senators Supported Gorsuch In 2006 Now Won’t Commit To Up-Or-Down Vote

- February 9, 2017

In 2006, Twelve Current Democrat Senators Joined Their Colleagues In Unanimously Supporting Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation To The Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals

On July 20, 2006, Neil Gorsuch Was Confirmed By The Senate On A Voice Vote As A Judge On The United States Court Of Appeals For The Tenth Circuit. (PN1565, Gorsuch Nomination , Approved By Voice Vote, 7/20/06)

  • There Are 12 Democrat Senators That Supported Gorsuch's Nomination In 2006 And Are Still In The Senate: Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), And Ron Wyden (D-OR). ("Senators Of The 109th Congress," U.S. Senate , Accessed 7/27/06)


Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Is Leading The Charge In Insisting That Gorsuch Must Get 60 Votes To Be Confirmed, And Has Pledged To Block Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "The Senate Must Insist Upon 60 Votes For Any Supreme Court Nominee." "'The Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee, a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees,' Schumer said in the statement. 'The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch.'" (Michael McAuliff, "Democrats Will Insist On 60 Votes For Trump's High Court Nominee," The Huffington Post , 1/31/17)

In January, Schumer Pledged To Do All He Can To Block President-Elect Trump's Yet To Be Named Supreme Court Nominee, Fighting To Keep The Empty Seat Open. MSNBC'S RACHEL MADDOW: "Is there an argument to be made, though, if it is a fair statement that that was basically a stolen seat, so it isn't theirs to fill, then in that case, no nominee would be legitimate because that seat should have been filled by president Obama." SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support. So you're right." MADDOW: "And so you will do your best to hold the seat open." SCHUMER: "Absolutely." (MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," 1/3/17)

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Said That The Senate Should Take Its Time, Saying "The Court's Not Going To Fall Apart"

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): "I Think The Appropriate Thing Is To Take Our Time Considering This Nominee. The Court's Not Going To Fall Apart. It's Going To Be Just Fine." "'To see the way he was treated, with almost a year to consider his nomination, was just appalling,' Feinstein said. 'The humiliation that he went through. Asking people just to meet with him and getting turned down. Asking just to have a hearing and getting turned down. Bringing volumes, literally box after box after box of records, putting it all together, walking these halls day and night, and getting the back of the Republican hand. 'Many of us haven't recovered from that. So I think the appropriate thing is to take our time considering this nominee. The court's not going to fall apart. It's going to be just fine.'" (Carolyn Lochhead, "Feinstein Signals She'll Lead Democrats Against Gorsuch," San Francisco Chronicle , 2/1/17)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Has Only Committed To Examining The Nominee

In A Statement, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), The Ranking Member Of The Senate Judiciary Committee In 2006 Who Raised No Objection To Gorsuch, Said He "Question[ed] Whether Judge Gorsuch Meets" A High Standard. "From my initial review of his record, I question whether Judge Gorsuch meets the high standard set by Merrick Garland. And with the ideological litmus test that President Trump has applied in making this selection, the American people are justified to wonder whether Judge Gorsuch can truly be an independent justice. I intend to ask Judge Gorsuch about these and other important issues in the coming months." ("Statement On The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court Of The United States," Senator Patrick Leahy , 1/31/17)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Has Not Said Whether She Supports An Up-Or-Down Vote On Gorsuch's Nomination

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA): I Will "Follow His Nomination Hearings Closely, And I Plan To Meet With Him." "I take my responsibility to provide advice and consent very seriously. I will review Judge Gorsuch's record thoroughly, follow his nomination hearings closely, and I plan to meet with him to ask my own questions. I will be weighing these considerations along with the comments of my constituents as I consider this nomination." (Press Release, "Cantwell Statement on the Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court," Office Of Senator Maria Cantwell , 1/31/17)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) Has Said That He's Still Learning About The Nominee

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE): "When We Decided We Should Keep The 60-Vote Threshold For Supreme Court Justices, That Was The Right Thing To Do." "'When we decided we should keep the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court justices, that was the right thing to do,' Carper said, stressing the need for a 'consensus' candidate. But 'we've got a lot to learn about him. I'm still learning how to spell his name.'" (Seung Min Kim, "These Democrats Will Decide Gorsuch's Fate," Politico , 2/2/17)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Has Said That He Will Review Gorsuch's Record But Has Not Commented On Whether There Should Be A Hearing Or Vote

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Said That He Would Review Gorsuch's Record And Meet With The Nominee, But Did Not Commit To An Up-Or-Down Vote. "Just as the President has the right to put forth a nominee of his choosing to fill this vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Senate has the Constitutional duty to consider his nominee by thoroughly and fairly examining his qualifications and record. 'As a member of the United States Senate, I take this Constitutional obligation seriously because the decisions made by the United States Supreme Court affect the lives of every single American. I plan to carefully and closely review Judge Gorsuch's entire legal career and judicial record, meet with him personally and determine if his interpretation of our Constitution is representative of long-standing American values. He must prove his dedication to fairness, nondiscriminatory justice, the equal protection of all Americans under the law, and the ideals of this country." (Press Release, "Menendez Statement On Supreme Court Nominee," Office Of Senator Bob Menendez , 1/31/17)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Said That She "Will Be Joining With Those Pushing Back Against Jamming This Nominee Through Or Rushing A Confirmation In Any Way"

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Said She Would "Be Joining With Those Pushing Back Against Jamming This Nominee Through Or Rushing A Confirmation In Any Way." "Here is the statement that Murray issued Tuesday night: 'With so much chaos in the Administration and so many questions surrounding this President's commitment to the rule of law and the separation of powers-I have serious concerns about moving forward with a Supreme Court nomination at this time and will be joining with those pushing back against jamming this nominee through or rushing a confirmation in any way." ("Murray Expresses 'Serious Concerns About Moving Forward' On Court Nominee; Cantwell Vows Thorough View," Q13 Fox , 1/31/17)

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Said That He Would Base His Decision On An Examination Of Gorsuch's Record And Answers To His Questions, But Has Not Said If He Supports A Hearing Or A Vote

In A Statement, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Said "I Will Base My Decision On A Full Examination Of Judge Gorsuch's Judicial Record And His Responses To Senators' Questions." "Sen. Bill Nelson released a brief statement Tuesday night following President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. 'The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is an awesome responsibility that I gladly accept,' the statement read. 'I will base my decision on a full examination of Judge Gorsuch's judicial record and his responses to senators' questions.'" ("Florida Legislators React To Neil Gorsuch's Nomination," USA Today , 1/31/17)

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) Has Claimed That Gorsuch Should "[Clear] A Sixty Vote Threshold"

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI): "All Of President Obama's Supreme Court Nominees Cleared A Sixty Vote Threshold And President Trump's Nominee Should Adhere To The Same Standard." "All of President Obama's Supreme Court nominees cleared a sixty vote threshold and President Trump's nominee should adhere to the same standard." (Press Release, "Reed Statement on Supreme Court Nomination of Neil Gorsuch," Office Of Senator Jack Reed , 1/31/17)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Has Stood By A 60-Vote Threshold For Judge Gorsuch's Confirmation

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Said There Needs To Be A 60-Vote Threshold. SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-WI): "From my standpoint we need to have a 60-vote threshold just to make sure the person is mainstream. this is the highest court in the land, it affects every man, woman, child, working people, every community that I represent, every family in Michigan so I want to see a 60-vote threshold because I think that's what it deserves." (MSNBC's "All In," 1/31/17)

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Said That "No Senator" Should Support Gorsuch's Nomination

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR): "No Senator" Should Support Gorsuch's Nomination "No senator who believes individual rights are reserved to the people, not the government, can support Gorsuch's nomination." (Sen. Ron Wyden, Twitter Feed, 1/31/17)

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