Beginning Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its formal review of President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Of particular interest to many will be how Senate Democrats interact with the nominee.
Gorsuch has been applauded by legal leaders of diverse political stripes, and he has received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association, which Democrat senators have lauded as the “gold standard” in years past. However, the far Left is agitating for a fight. For example, Planned Parenthood Action Fund has called him an “extremist” and the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern with his record, particularly citing his position against government coercion in the Hobby Lobby case and “his commitment to an ‘originalist’ theory of constitutional interpretation that disregards our nation’s evolving understandings of constitutional rights.”
A native of Colorado, Gorsuch received degrees from Columbia University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University. He clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy and served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General during the administration of President George W. Bush. In 2006, President Bush nominated Gorsuch for his current post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit., and he was confirmed without objection by a Senate that included such Democrat leaders as Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.), Joe Biden (Del.), Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), John Kerry (Mass.), Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Pat Leahy (Vt.), and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.).
When Gorsuch was nominated to the high court last month, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, said, “Promise made. Promise kept.” Urging his swift confirmation by the Senate, Johnson added, “This imminently qualified judge has a demonstrated track record of honoring the Constitution and the rule of law. We are especially encouraged by his commitment to religious freedom, America’s first freedom.”
A live feed of the hearing will be available here beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: March 17, 2017