On Monday, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested that the vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch be delayed for one week.
Reportedly, at least 17 Democrats are opposing Gorsuch, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to filibuster the nominee.
Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to join them in approving Gorsuch in order to reach the 60-vote threshold, which will then allow a final confirmation vote in the Senate to move forward.
Democrats, are still reportedly angry that Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, never received a hearing. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, in particular, has voiced her continued anger over Garland being blocked.
One Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said he hasn’t yet decided whether he will vote for Gorsuch, but he’s also “not inclined” to support a filibuster.
Schumer has stated that President Trump should just pick a new nominee.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) stated, “If you’d filibuster Judge Gorsuch, it’s obvious you’d filibuster anybody.”
The vote is now expected to take place Apr. 3.
H/T: NBC News
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