President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit last month, and now the Senate has set the date for when the hearings will begin.
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BREAKING: Senate Judiciary panel to begin confirmation hearings on Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch on March 20.
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March 20, two months to the day since Trump’s inauguration. The hearings will begin on that day, with questioning of the nominee the following day, according to The Hill.
“Judge Gorsuch has met every demand placed on him by the Minority. He’s a mainstream judge. He’s displayed independence,” Grassley said in a statement. “He’s met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say. He is well-qualified and respected.”
The hearings will last between two the four days, and the vote on the nomination will require 60 votes for confirmation. As The Hill noted, Senate Democrats lowered the threshold for most nominations to a simple majority, but left the 60 vote threshold intact for Court nominations.
Gorsuch submitted his questionnaire to the Senate last Saturday, which will be used as a framework for the questioning he will receive during the nomination hearings. Several topics will include his legal career, speeches and writings, and events he has attended while working for the Department of Justice.
Despite much of the hysteria from the Left regarding his nomination, some on the Left are saying that the nomination is a good thing.
Though Gorsuch was confirmed by a unanimous vote in 2006, he faces a difficult uphill battle against Senate Democrats who have vowed to obstruct anything the President does, or who he nominates, no matter who they are.