Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Supreme Court Nominee's Rulings On ADA, IDEA Have Advocates Worried

Supreme Court Nominee's Rulings On ADA, IDEA Have Advocates Worried

"His grasp on the separation of powers_including judicial independence_enlivens his body of work", Grassley said in prepared remarks ahead of the hearing.

Democrats continued to criticize the GOP for refusing to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February of a year ago.

She emphasized the Supreme Court's role in many legal questions that directly impact people - abortion rights, money in politics, voting restrictions, environmental pollution, gun control and employment discrimination.

However, Republicans could change Senate rules to require only 51 votes to confirm Gorsuch - the so-called nuclear option.

The first day of hearings will be devoted to picture taking, family introductions and opening statements from the 20 committee members.

"It is with my highest recommendation that I support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court", the three-time Superbowl champion said in a letter posted to Twitter Monday morning. Each case that comes before the court hinges on nuances of constitutional law that defy blatant stands on political issues. Since 2006, he's sat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where his rulings, while not uniformly on the conservative side, do seem to suggest that Gorusch prefers to stick to a textualist interpretation of the Constitution.

Observers expect other Democrats to battle hard against Gorsuch's confirmation, in part because Republicans blocked President Obama's lame-duck nomination of Merrick Garland to the court.

Questioning of the nominee will begin on Tuesday, and a full Senate vote is expected early next month.

"[Gorsuch] asked the class to raise their hands if they knew of a female who had used a company to get maternity benefits and then left right after having a baby", Sisk's letter read.

During this confirmation hearing, I urge my colleagues to focus our analysis on whether Gorsuch will be an impartial judge, and not whether he is suitable to run for public office of any particular party.

Grassley said the committee plans to vote April 3, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he's confident Gorsuch will be confirmed before a mid-April Senate recess.

In some of the sharpest comments by a Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL told Gorsuch, "In case after case, you've either dismissed or rejected the efforts of workers and families to recognize their rights or defend their freedoms".

"Judge Gorsuch will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court, which desperately needs his sound judgment and vast experience", Pavone said, nevertheless.

"I think you will see questions by senators about President Trump's attacks on judges, and how Judge Gorsuch feels about that". When asked about a particular area of law or case the Supreme Court has decided, the stock answers are, "That case is established precedent", "That issue may come before the Court, so I can not comment at this time" and "Let me give you a lecture about this area of the law" - the equivalent of laughing in the face of the question-asker.

Former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada eliminated the filibuster on lower level court appointees while Democrats held the majority because he felt Republicans would unnecessarily deny Mr Obama's appointments.

In his opening statement, Grassley alluded caustically to Democrats' complaints about judicial independence in the Trump era. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he thought about whether the blockade of Garland was unfair.

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