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Senate Dems Do As Schumer Says – Obstruct And Delay

- July 31, 2018

Senate Dems Do As Schumer Says - Obstruct And Delay

In The Past, Senate Dems Were Willing To Meet With Supreme Court Nominees, But Under Schumer's Direction, Now Refuse To Do So


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • It has been 21 days since Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, but under Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) direction, most Senate Democrats have refused to even schedule a meeting with the nominee.
    • Sen. Schumer: "I have told my caucus that I'm waiting, and I think most of them are following me."
    • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sen. Schumer always says to "Keep your powder dry. Don't commit. Stay neutral as you can, as long as you can."
  • In 2010, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama and met with Democratic leaders, such as Sens. Durbin, Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), just two days later.
    • Sens. Schumer and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) met with Kagan three days following her nomination.
    • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) met with Kagan seven days following her nomination.
    • Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) all met with Kagan less than 21 days after her nomination was announced.
  • In 2009, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama and a meeting with Democratic leaders, such as Sens. Schumer, Durbin, Leahy, Feinstein and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), took place the very next day.
    • Sen. Klobuchar met with Sotomayor three days following her nomination.
    • Sens. Casey, Tester, Stabenow, Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) all met with Sotomayor within 10 days following her nomination.

SENATE DEMOCRATS FLATLY REFUSE TO SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH FOR ONE REASON - BECAUSE SCHUMER SAID SO

It Has Been 21 Days Since Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination And Most Democrats Are Still Refusing To Schedule A Meeting With The Nominee

On July 10, 2018, Judge Brett Kavanaugh Was Nominated To The Supreme Court By President Donald Trump. ("PN2259," Congress.gov , Accessed 7/29/18)

On July 19, 2018, Politico Reported That Democrats Were Refusing To Meet With Judge Kavanaugh Until Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Does. "Some Democrats have said they won't meet with Kavanaugh until Schumer does." (Lorraine Woellert, "Schumer Stalling On Kavanaugh Meeting Deepens White House Rift," Politico , 7/19/18)

  • Sen. Schumer: "I Have Told My Caucus That I'm Waiting, And I Think Most Of Them Are Following Me." "'I have told my caucus that I'm waiting, and I think most of them are following me,' Mr. Schumer said." (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Meet With Kavanaugh? Not Until There's A Deal On His Documents, Democrats Say," The New York Times , 7/23/18)
  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Said Sen. Schumer Always Says To "Keep Your Powder Dry. Don't Commit. Stay Neutral As You Can, As Long As You Can." "'All Chuck ever says in caucus [meetings], it's pretty well known: 'Keep your powder dry. Don't commit. Stay as neutral as you can, as long as you can,'' said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). 'It gives him some room to maneuver.'" (Burgess Everett and Elana Schor, "Inside Democrats' Strategy To Defeat Kavanaugh," Politico , 7/30/18)

Politico : Senate Democrats Have Been "Snubbing Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh." "Senate Democrats are snubbing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, another salvo in the deepening cold war between President Donald Trump and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer." (Lorraine Woellert, "Schumer Stalling On Kavanaugh Meeting Deepens White House Rift," Politico , 7/19/18)

  • The White House "Has Been Reaching Out To Senate Democrats To Schedule Meetings But Has Found Itself Rebuffed At Every Turn." "The politically strategic slight has raised hackles at the White House, which has been reaching out to Senate Democrats to schedule meetings but has found itself rebuffed at every turn." (Lorraine Woellert, "Schumer Stalling On Kavanaugh Meeting Deepens White House Rift," Politico , 7/19/18)

Sen. Schumer Said He Would "Oppose Judge Kavanaugh's Nomination With Everything He Has." "Democrats and Republicans in the Senate - along with their deep-pocketed allied outside groups - laid out the case for and against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh within minutes of President Donald Trump's announcement that he had selected the federal appeals court judge to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. 'I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same,' Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York said in a statement. 'The stakes are simply too high for anything less.'" (Deirdre Shesgreen, "Schumer Vows To Fight Trump SCOTUS Nominee 'With Everything I Have,'" USA Today , 7/9/18)

UNDER OBAMA, DEMS WERE MORE THAN EAGER TO MEET WITH SUPREME COURT NOMINEES, WITH DEM LEADERSHIP MEETING NOMINEES IN TWO DAYS OR LESS

Democratic Leaders Met With U.S. Solicitor General Kagan Just Two Days After She Was Nominated In 2010

On May 10, 2010, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan Was Nominated To The Supreme Court By President Barack Obama. ("PN1768," Congress.gov , Accessed 7/10/18)

On May 12, 2010, Kagan Met With Sens. Pat Leahy (D-VT) And Durbin, Two Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. "Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday kicked off what has become a ritual for modern high court nominees: making the rounds of key senators' offices on Capitol Hill while saying little to a boisterous press corps in tow. Kagan, who won confirmation as solicitor general a little more than a year ago, started her day meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. She then huddled with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky; Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the committee's top Republican. She also met with Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat." ("Kagan Meets With Key Senators," CNN, 5/12/10)

On May 12, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Two Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. "Kagan said little publicly Wednesday as reporters and photographers trailed her through the Capitol and senators' office buildings, shuttling from meeting to closely watched meeting. 'Haven't I seen you someplace before?,' she joked with reporters as she entered her eighth and final meeting of the day, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a Judiciary Committee member." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Kagan Makes Rounds On Capitol Hill, Staying Mum," Washington Dateline, 5/13/10)

On May 13, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Schumer, Three Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule - U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Nominee For The U.S. Supreme Court," DC Daybook, 5/13/10)

On May 13, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Three Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. MSNBC'S LYNN BERRY: "Well, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is back on Capitol Hill today. She's on day two of her courtesy calls to leading senators and members of the Judiciary Committee who will hold her confirmation hearings. And this morning she met with Democratic Senators John Kerry, Arlen Specter and Chuck Schumer. In about a half an hour, she's going to be sitting down with Republican Senator Susan Collins. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota meets with Elena Kagan later this afternoon." ("MSNBC Interview With Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Federal News Service, 5/13/10)

On May 17, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Seven Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. "Elena Kagan continues her Capitol Hill visits today, meeting individually with Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), John Cornyn (R-TX), Patty Murray(D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN) ,Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (release, 5/17)." ("We Meet Again, Lindsey," The Hotline, 5/18/10)

On May 19, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Nine Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule - U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Nominee For The U.S. Supreme Court," DC Daybook, 5/19/10)

On May 21, 2010, Kagan Met With Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), 11 Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule - U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Nominee For The U.S. Supreme Court," DC Daybook, 5/21/10)

On May 25, 2010, Kagan Met With Jon Tester (D-MT), 15 Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. " On Tuesday, Kagan began her third week of courtesy visits to senators, with meetings scheduled with Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and Jon Tester, D-Mont." (Seth Stern, "Leahy Defends Kagan's Independence," Congressional Quarterly Today, 5/25/10)

On May 27, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 17 Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule - U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Nominee For The U.S. Supreme Court," DC Daybook, 5/27/10)

On June 8, 2010, Kagan Met With Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), 29 Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule - U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Nominee For The U.S. Supreme Court," DC Daybook, 6/8/10)

In 2009, Democratic Leaders Met With Judge Sotomayor One Day After She Was Nominated

On June 1, 2009, Judge Sonia Sotomayor Was Nominated To The Supreme Court By President Barack Obama. ("PN506," Congress.gov , Accessed 7/27/18)

On June 2, 2009, Sotomayor Met With Sens. Leahy, Durbin, Schumer, Feinstein, And Gillibrand, One Day After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule Of Judge Sotomayor's Capitol Hill Meetings For June 2nd," Targeted News Service, 6/1/09)

On June 4, 2009, Sotomayor Met With Sen. Klobuchar, Three Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Revised - Schedule - Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor," DC Daybook, 6/4/09)

On June 9, 2009, Sotomayor Met With Sen. Casey, Eight Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule Of Judge Sotomayor's Capitol Hill Meetings Today," Targeted News Service, 6/9/09)

On June 10, 2009, Sotomayor Met With Sen. Brown, Nine Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule Of Judge Sotomayor's Capitol Hill Meetings Today," Targeted News Service, 6/10/09

On June 11, 2009, Sotomayor Met With Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Stabenow, and Tester, 10 Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule Of Judge Sotomayor's Capitol Hill Meetings Today," Targeted News Service, 6/11/09)

On June 18, 2009, Sotomayor Met With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 17 Days After Her Nomination Was Announced. ("Schedule Of Judge Sotomayor's Capitol Hill Meetings Today," Targeted News Service, 6/18/09)


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