In an interview with NPR, Sisk says she wrote to the Judiciary Committee "so that the proper questions could be asked during his confirmation hearings". However, through an audacious and historically unprecedented act of grand theft judiciary, the Republicans stole the seat out from under the Democrats and now have the chance to put a radical, young conservative on the Court for the next several decades. Cruz defended the Garland blockade Monday, saying it was in keeping with the Senate's history of not filling a Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year. These televised hearings will last a few days, and then the committee will vote. We deserve to know who is being appointed to the Supreme Court, and whether they will be an effective and independent justice, in addition to ruling to uphold the Constitution. Questioning will begin on Tuesday, and votes in committee and on the Senate floor are expected early next month.
Gorsuch, 49, is viewed as a constitutional conservative. One male student of Gorsuch's defended the nominee's actions in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sunday.
In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Education Association have also expressed concern about Gorsuch's record on disability rights issues, particularly in regard to cases involving students with disabilities.
So far the Democrats have not given much of an indication that they'll do this. Some Democratic senators - such as Oregon's Jeff Merkley - have spoken out forcefully against him, but most have not.
Matt Sinovic is executive director of Progress Iowa; Chris Schwartz is director of Americans for Democratic Action Iowa; Sue Dinsdale is executive director of Iowa Citizen Action Network; and Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel is executive director of One Iowa.
It's partly up to Grassley to keep things on track for Gorsuch this week, and he sought to anticipate Democrats' line of attack Monday when he suggested they will cast the nominee as being in favor of "the big guy" and against "the little guy".
"I just want to say that I'm deeply disappointed that under these circumstances that we begin our hearing", said Feinstein, who raised questions about Gorsuch's positons on such issues as abortion and Second Amendment rights. He arrived in the large and crowded hearing room Monday with amiable smiles all around, and introduced his wife, Louise, and other family members as well as law clerks, remarking, "I consider them family, too". But delay tactics by Democrats could lead Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to exercise procedural maneuvers of his own to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold now in place for Supreme Court nominations, and with it any Democratic leverage to influence the next Supreme Court fight. Gorsuch also allegedly "outlined how law firms, and companies in general, had to ask female interviewees about pregnancy plans in order to protect the company".