US: Democrats oppose Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

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Leading Democratic figures in the US say they will contest Donald’s Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to become a Supreme Court Justice.

Trump named the 49-year-old Colorado appeals court judge as his choice to replace the conservative Antonin Scalia, who died last year.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he had “serious doubts” that Gorsuch would “stand up to a President willing to bend the Constitution”.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren accused Gorsuch of making sure “the rules favor giant companies over workers and individual Americans”.

Bernie Sanders called on the judge to “explain his hostility to women’s rights, support of corporations over workers and opposition to campaign finance reform”.

Even if Gorsuch makes it through the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats may filibuster the debate when the entire chamber convenes for a final vote to delay or block the nomination.

Even if Judge Gorsuch makes it through the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will face challenges when the entire chamber convenes for a final vote.

The Supreme Court seat should have been filled last year following the death of Scalia in February, but Republicans blocked Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the seat for ten months, preventing a liberal majority on the court. There is no law that says a Supreme Court justice cannot be nominated by a president nearing the end of their term in office.

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