But delay tactics by Democrats could lead Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to exercise procedural maneuvers of his own to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold now in place for Supreme Court nominations, and with it any Democratic leverage to influence the next Supreme Court fight.
Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has indicated that Gorsuch's confirmation hearing will start Monday and take three to four days.
President Trump vowed that his nominee would not only be pro-life, but would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.
"For those of us on this side, our job is not to theoretically evaluate this or that legal doctrine or to review Judge Gorsuch's record in a vacuum".
"In my decade on the bench, I have tried to treat all who come to court fairly and with respect". "For the truth is, a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is probably a pretty bad judge, stretching for the policy results he prefers rather than those the law compels".
Tuesday should bring the first round of questions and first indication whether the Democrats will give the nominee a rough time.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, echoed Schumer.
"Last year Judge Gorsuch sat on a case that involved a truck driver who was stranded in the freezing cold for several hours, after his trailer's brakes froze", Feinstein said, referencing the case of Alphonse Maddin, the "frozen trucker", who was sacked soon after the incident.
Gorsuch, a 49-year-old Colorado native and judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, was nominated by President Trump to the nation's highest court. That means abortion, gay rights, the constitutionality of government regulations, gun control, the role of money in politics and corporate concentration in the economy are all going to be rehashed with Gorsuch's views as them as the focal point.
"I think you will see questions by senators about President Trump's attacks on judges, and how Judge Gorsuch feels about that".
[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. She began today's hearing, as the New York Times and Town Hall reports, saying "We're here today under very unusual circumstances", and that she was "deeply disappointed" that President Obama's nominee to the court, Merrick Garland, never received the courtesy of even a meeting with Senate Republicans despite his being "widely regarded as a mainstream moderate nominee".
Democrats have argued Gorsuch's nomination is illegitimate because the Senate GOP refused to hold a hearing past year for Merrick Garland, whom former President Barack Obama had picked to replace Scalia.