High-stakes Senate hearing on Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begins

Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 15

Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 15

The hearings, which will be broadcast live at this PBS website, are expected to last four days. Democrats are angry that the Republican-controlled Senate refused to consider then-President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

That could start to change on Monday, when Gorsuch's confirmation hearings begin.

Ms Perry gave the example of President Lyndon B Johnson's nomination of Justice William Fortis to be promoted to the Chief Justice position was filibustered by both Republicans and Democrats at the time, but Mr Fortis was still given a proper hearing.

"If judges were just secret legislators, declaring not what the law is but what they would like it to be, the very idea of a government by the people and for the people would be at risk", Gorsuch told the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday in prepared remarks on the first day of his confirmation hearing. We thoroughly reviewed his record in 2006 when he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. They joined advocacy organizations for an event in front of the Supreme Court last week.

Advocates also cited cases related to employment accommodations, restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities, discrimination claims and other circumstances where they say Gorsuch took a narrow view of civil rights protections.

Elway lauds Gorsuch's "tremendous intelligence, character and fairness", as well as "his credentials, integrity and sound moral compass" as reasons why he thinks Gorsuch would be a good justice in our country's highest court.

If Gorsuch, nominated by Trump on January 31, is confirmed by the Senate, as expected, he would restore a narrow 5-4 conservative majority on the court.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the committee, said Gorsuch's record demonstrates "an unfailing commitment" to the "constitutional order and the separation of powers". She said that while the judge hasn't ruled on abortion, his writings "raise questions" about whether he would adhere to Supreme Court precedents protecting abortion rights.

Gorsuch has quietly made the rounds of Senate offices and mostly avoided controversy.

"President Trump repeatedly promised to appoint someone in the mold of Justice Scalia", she said, "and that the nomination of Judge Gorsuch illustrates that he is a man of his word". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "I'm trying to hear someone over there tell me why he's not qualified", Graham said of Gorsuch. 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. When it comes to the rules that protect public health and safety, Gorsuch is more radical than Scalia was.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island alleged that when the court's majority is made of Republican appointees, the narrow 5-4 decisions "line up to help corporations against humans". "It's a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court".

Ms Perry said it is a "comforting thought" for those who oppose his appointment because at least they know what they are getting.

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