The Senate showdown between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer over Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch is set for this Friday.
Mitch has publicly declared that Gorsuch will be confirmed Friday. Chuck Schumer has threatened a filibuster. In turn, McConnell has said he would change the Senate rules and abolish the filibuster for supreme court nominees.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has the support of all 52 Republican members of the Senate and two Democrats — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
Today we learn another democrat has abandoned Schumer’s efforts to block Gorsuch.
Red state Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has just publicly announced that he will support Gorsuch’s nomination. This is another signal that the 49-year-old judge will be confirmed without a Democratic-led filibuster in the Senate.
After meeting with Gorsuch and reviewing his record Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) said,
“I have said consistently that part of my job is to carefully review, debate, and vote on judicial nominations, including nominees to the Supreme Court. It is my obligation as Senator to consider the qualifications of each nominee that comes to the Senate floor to determine if he or she can faithfully serve on our nation’s highest court. I take this responsibility very seriously. After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of his record, and closely following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers.”
“I was deeply disappointed by the way the most recent Supreme Court nominee, Judge Garland, was treated by the Senate, but as Senator, I can only vote on the nominee that comes to the Senate floor. However, I believe that we should keep the current 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees.”
According to IJR, there are currently 36 Democrats who have stated they will not vote for Gorsuch.