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ICYMI: Chuck Schumer’s Filibuster Lineup

- April 4, 2017

Excerpts from The Wall Street Journal


By: The Wall Street Editorial Board
Monday, April 3, 2017
 

“The Judiciary Committee sent Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate Monday on an 11-9 ‘party-line vote,’ as the press likes to say. What a shame. All nine committee Democrats lined up like the Rockettes to oppose the nominee whose qualifications and temperament are universally hailed.

“At least 41 Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have also committed to filibuster Judge Gorsuch on the Senate floor, so he will need 60 votes to be confirmed … Democrats and their media friends want to portray Republicans as the radicals in this case, but Democrats are the precedent-busters.


“Democrats have no good reason to oppose Judge Gorsuch so they are inventing bad reasons …

“So far only three Democrats have said they’ll support Judge Gorsuch … Mr. Schumer has apparently given them a pass to help win re-election next year in states carried easily by Donald Trump.

“Mr. Schumer’s filibuster carries some risk for Democrats ... Democrats will have played their strongest political card in a losing hand against a judge who is likely to have unanimous GOP support.

“Republicans should call Mr. Schumer’s bluff and confirm Judge Gorsuch to honor their campaign promises, to defeat the implacable left, and above all for the good of the Court and the original meaning of the Constitution.”

 

Read the full editorial here.

 


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