Neil Gorsuch was President Trump’s nominated choice to fill the empty chair on the Supreme Court and on Mar. 20 his confirmation hearing begins. We’ve gathered everything you need to know about the process here!
Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, was nominated by President Trump, 70, on Jan. 31 to fill the remaining empty chair on the Supreme Court. The confirmation hearing for Neil chair begins on Mar. 20. He is up for Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat, who died in Feb. 2016. Neil previously was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Harvard Law School graduate is thought to be extremely conservative and anti-abortion. We’ve gathered the five things you need to know about the process for a Supreme Court Justice to be confirmed here.
1.The Senate Judiciary Committee will be conducting the confirmation hearing.
The committee is made up of 11 Republican senators and 9 Democrats. Republican Chuck Grassley (IA) leads as the Chairman. The other Republicans are Orrin G. Hatch (UT), John Cornyn (TX), Ted Cruz (TX), Jeff Flake (AZ), Thom Tillis (NC), Lindsey Graham (SC), Michael S. Lee (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), Mike Crapo (ID), and John Kennedy (LA). The Democrats have Dianne Feinstein (CA) as ranking member. The other Democrats on the committee are Patrick Leahy (VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Al Franken (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Dick Durbin (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Christopher A. Coons (DE), and Mazie Hirono (HI).
2. Today, Mar. 20, will be for opening statements.
Neil will be introduced to the committee by Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet from his home state of Colorado. He will then have the chance to make his opening remarks to the committee. Each member of the committee will give an opening statement to make a case for why Neil should or should not be confirmed.
3. The Democrats are expected to begin questioning Neil on Tuesday.
The Democratic Senators will have their chance to ask Neil questions after opening statements are finished. Many expect the Democrats to ask Neil tough questions. Some are still angry after President Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court Judge Merrick Garland could not even get a confirmation hearing from the Republicans.
4. Neil could be confirmed by early April.
This hearing is expected to last three days, according to NBC News. After the hearing, Neil’s confirmation will be in the hands of the United States Senate. Majority leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has said he wants the vote to take place before the Easter recess, which begins on April 8.
5. It will 60 votes from the Senate to confirm Neil.
The Republicans have 52 seats already so Neil would have to get 8 Democrats to vote for him in order to join the Supreme Court. If he cannot get those votes, he would be up against a filibuster that could block his confirmation. Mitch McConnnell has threatened to rework the rules that would give Neil his seat on the Court with just a voting majority.
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