Supreme Court Nomination

Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the position that opened on the Supreme Court when Antonin Scalia died a year ago. This position has been vacant because Republicans refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

Study the following articles to learn more about how this very conservative judge is likely to vote on issues important to you. Then, take action. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email updates to receive our regular action alerts. We all will need to phone our senators often as hearings on Judge Gorsuch proceed.

April 6: Senate Republicans deploy the “nuclear option” to clear the path for Gorsuch confirmation with a simple majority vote.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/us/politics/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-senate.html

As April 3 began, Senator Dianne Feinstein was STILL undecided on the Gorsuch filibuster! Our Monday Call to Action was to phone her office at 202-224-3841 and ask her to support the4 filibuster option. Two important points to make in your call to Feinstein: 1. The Republicans have already proven they don’t respect the traditions of the Senate when they refused to even consider Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. 2. The Filibuster is the appropriate tool to use to stop this regressive judge, nominated by a president under investigation by the FBI. http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/01/politics/gorsuch-undecided-democrats/

Update from Indivisible Guide on the evening of April 3:

“A month ago it was unclear whether progressives in the Senate would put up a fight at all on Trump’s extreme Supreme Court nominee. But the political environment changed as direct result of the local leadership of Indivisible groups and the broader resistance movement on the ground. These advocates made clear to their own senators that Gorsuch’s extreme anti-worker, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ, anti-environment record is unacceptable for the highest court in the land.

Here’s what we now know: because of Gorsuch’s extreme record and the public’s response, Trump’s nominee will not be confirmed under Senate rules that have been on the books for more than two centuries. But instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular ‘nuclear option.’ In defiance of public will, McConnell wants to blow up 230 years of Senate precedent to ram Gorsuch through.

It’s simple: if a Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, don’t change the rules, change the nominee. If Republicans choose to throw out centuries of Senate precedent to put their extreme nominee on the bench, that’s on them and them alone.

Keep calling. Keep showing up. Tell your Members of Congress that going nuclear isn’t an option–especially for the extreme nominee of a president under FBI investigation.

We can win this one, too.”

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Gorsuch Background Information

This article presents a good basic introduction to Neil Gorsuch including a summary of his positions on a number of major issues. biography.com/news/neil-gorsuch-biography-facts-on-the-issues

On The Issues provides Neil Gorsuch’s writings on issues, and a score card to help you determine his likely positions as a Supreme Court Justice. ontheissues.org/Neil_Gorsuch.htm

This Newsweek opinion piece by Robyn Thomas and Adam Skaggs uses Gorsuch’s past rulings on gun related cases to support their position that he holds views that will make the gun lobby very happy. newsweek.com/neil-gorsuch-guns-supreme-court-562603

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project details why asking Neil Gorsuch if he believes that women have a constitutional right to an abortion is not enough. aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/if-we-care-about-abortion-asking-judge-neil-gorsuch-his-opinion-roe-v-wade-not

The Voice of America article Gorsuch’s Environment Record: Neither a Clear Friend Nor a Foe presents a number of environmental cases on which Gorsuch has ruled. The record is mixed, but what concerns environmental groups is his unwillingness to see the value of environmental groups having standing in important cases involving governmental agencies and environmental law. voanews.com/a/gorsuch-environment-record-shows-neither-a-clear-friend-or-foe/3767951.html