Bill Nelson to support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
During his own time for questions during the hearing Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas asked about the meaning of life and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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On Tuesday, he made headlines by commenting publicly for the first time on the president's controversial claims against other Supreme Court justices.
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Mid-way through the almost 12-hour long confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday, the whole room suddenly took on the air of a comedy club.
- Gorsuch on that same trucker case.
In the Hobby Lobby case, critics of the Court's decision said that the business was not protected by RFRA because it was not a "person". The Tenth Circuit had ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor.
He insisted on Tuesday that the religious freedom law "applies not just to Hobby Lobby".
"It applied to a Muslim prisoner in Oklahoma who was denied a halal meal".
"Some Democrats slandered Judge Gorsuch as being "against the little guy" because he has dared to rule based on the law - the law that Congress has passed - and not on the specific identity of the specific litigants appearing before him", he pointed out to his colleagues on Monday, according to TheBlaze. They pipe in Christian music. "They close on Sundays though it costs them a lot".
Gorsuch said the law protects religious exercise and offered examples from other cases where he has been involved. "Isn't that really a policy dispute that should be addressed by Congress, and was your job on these cases to impose your or anyone else's priorities or to interpret and apply those statutes the way Congress enacted them?" "And of course we know churches are often incorporated".
The Texas senator went on to bring up a recent SCOTUS case where the Obama administration ganged up on a charitable nonprofit organization because its conservative worldview on healthcare did not line up with the progressive agenda of the Democratic Party.
Additionally, the birth control mandate was not the "least-restrictive means" of ensuring contraception coverage, he added. "Have I ruled against the government?"