President Trump has selected
Neil Gorsuch, federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for
the Tenth Circuit, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme
Gorsuch is a
constitutional conservative. He has authored a long list of judicial opinions
that demonstrate his deep knowledge of and respect for the law. To that end,
Gorsuch has been honored with the Edward J. Randolph Award for outstanding work
for the Department of Justice and the Harry S. Truman Foundation's Stevens
Award for public service.
To Senate Democrats:
A new potential Supreme Court Justice has been nominated by the President and can be confirmed pending the advice and consent of the Senate.
Withholding that “advice and consent” out of spite is an exercise in futility that prevents the government from moving forward. Several Democratic Senators are planning to filibuster the nomination hearing so that the Senate cannot vote to confirm Gorsuch.
Even a filibuster cannot stop Gorsuch’s confirmation, as Republicans can invoke the “nuclear option” of changing the rules so that their majority will be allowed to confirm him. Filibustering does not change the outcome; it only wastes time that would be better spent doing your jobs.
Blocking this nomination demonstrates that Democrats would rather obstruct than cooperate, even though you are the minority party in both houses of Congress. Americans voted against the gridlock status quo last November. We want to see a government that functions as it should: with nine justices on the Supreme Court.