Gorsuch Confirmation

Democrats dodge questions on looming Neil Gorsuch vote

Key Senate Democrats on Monday dodged questions about whether they might be able to vote to advance the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, raising more questions about whether Senate Republicans will have to break the rules to get him through the Senate.

Two key Senate Democrats in red states outright refused to answer questions about Gorsuch Monday. As she has in the past, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters at the Capitol that she was "not going to talk about Gorsuch," while Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., directed inquiries to his press office.

Those two senators refused to offer any more clarity just hours after Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is "not inclined" to support a filibuster of Gorsuch. Leahy later walked back that comment, and said Gorsuch would be filibustered if he doesn't fully answer Democrats' questions.

A filibuster would happen if Democrats refused to offer at least eight votes to end debate on Gorsuch. Last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would vote against Gorsuch and will support a filibuster.


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