Judiciary panel votes 11-9 in favor of Gorsuch

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate panel is backing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines on Monday to favorably recommend Gorsuch to the full Senate. A confirmation vote is expected on Friday, but not before a partisan showdown over President Donald Trump’s choice.

Democrats have secured the 41 votes to block Gorsuch with a filibuster after Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said he would vote against the nominee. The opposition will prevent Republicans from reaching the 60 votes they need to move Gorsuch over procedural hurdles to a final Senate vote.

Determined to confirm him despite Democratic objections, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he will likely change Senate rules later this week to reduce the threshold from 60 to a simple majority to get Gorsuch confirmed.

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  • Bud

    Judge Neil Gorsuch is one of the highest qualified judges to have ever been nominated to the Supreme Court. If Sens. Stabenow or Peters can’t find a reason to vote for his confirmation, then there isn’t a single person in the world a republican president could nominate that they would vote for. I never thought I would see a national party destroy themselves like the democrat party has done since the election. Democrats have nothing to offer Americans, and they have done nothing but divide us by race, religion, nationality and gender – all to get votes just to stay in office. I hope the democrat party goes the way of the Whig party.

  • steve

    Maybe, just maybe the Republicans have finally figured out that playing nicey, nicey with Democrats doesn’t work. They have to use every move, fair or otherwise to beat the liberals down to insignificance. And then they have to work to keep them down. It’s the real American way.