"Based on our review of Judge Gorsuch's record, we have serious reservations about his commitment to adequately and fairly protect the rights of all Americans, including people with disabilities", reads a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee signed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, the National Council on Independent Living and more than two dozen other advocacy groups. It is telling that the Republicans have invited the anti-worker National Federation of Independent Business to testify on his behalf.
The court's ideological leaning could help determine the outcome of cases involving the death penalty, abortion, gun control, environmental regulations, transgender rights, voting rights, immigration, religious liberty, presidential powers and more.
The first day is expected to include Gorsuch's opening statement and statements from committee members. Cory Gardner and Democratic Sen. Gorsuch is President Trump's choice to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia who died past year.
U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy faced intense scrutiny from Democratic senators on Monday. But Blumenthal said the nominee needs to make a statement "publicly and explicitly and directly". His appointment was blocked by Republicans.
"I want to hear from you why Mr. Priebus would say that", Durbin, D-Ill., said to Gorsuch. "Not from Harry Reid, or Ted Kennedy, or John Kerry".
Actual questioning is to begin Tuesday.
According to Sisk's account, Gorsuch was teaching a legal ethics class at the school in April 2016 when he turned a general conversation about professional lawyers' work-life balance into a discussion focused specifically on pregnant women. Democrats angrily condemned Republicans for refusing to act on Barack Obama's nominee previous year, while Republicans accused Democrats of trying to turn Gorsuch's confirmation hearing into a referendum on the GOP president. The Democrats also took shots at Trump himself, and criticized the fact that Gorsuch appeared on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees vetted by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.
"The people chose judicial humility", Sen. Patrick Leahy said Monday. "Most Americans question whether we need a Supreme Court justice with the vision of Donald Trump". They could invoke then the "nuclear option," a Congressional maneuver that would change the 60-senator supermajority to a simple majority, a number that the Republicans already have. "He's going to keep you busy".
"We believe that we're not trying to be all things to all people", she said. That group has given Gorsuch a unanimous "well qualified" rating.
"You're not a politician running for election, judge, as you know", Cornyn said.
"These days we sometimes hear judges cynically described as politicians in robes, seeking to enforce their own politics rather than striving to apply the law impartially". If I thought that were true, I'd hang up the robe.
As Totenberg notes, "Federal law prohibits employers from making hiring decisions based on pregnancy status or family plans". "For all its imperfections, the rule of law in this nation truly is a wonder - and it is no wonder that it is the envy of the world", Neil Gorsuch. "She taught me that headlines are fleeting; courage lasts", Gorsuch said.
Liberals have demanded that Senate Democrats block Gorsuch's confirmation as a sort of retribution for Senate Republicans' refusal to confirm Garland.
"The Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee will extend a courtesy which Senate Republicans denied to Judge Garland; a respectful hearing and a vote", remarked Dem. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Republicans would have to peel away eight Democrats.
Of the 15 most recent nominations, 13 were reported favorably.