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McCaskill, Accusing Gorsuch of 'Stunning Lack of Humanity,' Backs Filibuster

McCaskill, Accusing Gorsuch of 'Stunning Lack of Humanity,' Backs Filibuster

But she's also among 10 Democrats in the Senate who hail from states where voters favored now-President Donald Trump; he carried Missouri by nearly 19 percentage points. So the Republicans have no choice but to proceed with the Harry Reid option and confirm Gorsuch, and any future Trump nominees, on a majority vote. But with Democratic leaders nearly certainly set to enact a filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will likely have to invoke the "nuclear" option and rewrite the Senate rules to kill the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees for Gorsuch to be confirmed.

"I didn't think that was a good idea at the time, but to find ourselves now with a qualified Supreme Court nominee who is not going to be provided an up-or-down vote, at the beginning of a president's term, I think it's very disappointing", she said. "You can have it, just not this time". Pat Roberts, R-Kan., a senior lawmaker. Separate ads will air nationally and in four states represented by Democratic senators who have yet to announce how they will vote — Missouri, Montana, Colorado and Indiana.

"If McConnell gets to nuke it first round, ultimately that's what Republicans want", the strategist said.

She said "He is evasive, but his body of work isn't", adding, "Whether it is a freezing truck driver or an autistic child, he has shown a stunning lack of humanity".

"What's happening in America is that the base of each party is demanding those things and unfortunately, the Senate has been willing to respond to the base to break the rules for a short-term outcome that changes the nature of the Senate", said Corker, who acknowledged the frustration over the overuse of the filibuster has been building for year.

After the Kansas City Star reported on a secret recording where McCaskill told donors her concerns about Democrats' hard-line stance on Gorsuch, she quickly brushed off suggestions that she was waffling. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said Friday as she became the latest Democrat to announce plans to join the filibuster against Gorsuch. At age 49, he could be expected to serve for decades.

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Then we're not talking about Scalia for Scalia, which is what Gorsuch is, we're talking about Scalia for somebody on the court who shares our values. Claire McCaskill announced she plans to vote against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. In 2013, Democrats were in the majority and upset about appellate court nominees getting blocked.

"Democrats who consider themselves moderates should not join the left wing in waging a filibuster", Capito spokeswoman Amy Graham said in an email Thursday. Republicans were prepared to invoke the "nuclear option" on lower court nominees in 2005, but a bipartisan group of 14 senators made a deal that stopped it. "There is no incentive for the White House to engage in fulsome pre-nomination consultations".

Toomey past year backed a Republican refusal to consider then-President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the high court opening. However, as Joshua Holland recently argued, this tactic could ultimately hurt the GOP more than Democrats-and Democrats should fight Gorsuch's nomination and call their bluff. With 41, Gorsuch's confirmation would be held up.

During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Gorsuch refused to answer questions about the identities of JCN's funders.

The Constitution requires the "advice and consent of the Senate" to confirm a nominee.

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