Three reasons why the Gorsuch nomination matters to you

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"It is with my highest recommendation that I support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court", Elway wrote on official Broncos letterhead.

As the hearing got underway, he introduced his wife and other members of his family.

The outset of the first day of testimony underscored that the hearings would remain sharply divided along party lines, with each senator accusing the opposing side of political posturing.

"Judge Gorsuch is not an ideologue".

Bennet also gave introductory remarks; he did not commit to how he would eventually vote, saying "I am keeping an open mind about this nomination". "He's a judge", Ayotte said.

But on Sunday, Cruz said, "Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed".

The confirmation hearings of Gorsuch resume Tuesday. Blumenthal is familiar with Gorsuch's past opinions and writings.

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One of the themes that developed on Day 1 of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's hearings is that Democrats plan to make an issue of what they say is the Supreme Court's pro-business leanings. Judge Gorsuch was picked from a list provided to President Trump when he was a candidate. He could hold a vote to change the rules and lower the vote threshold.

Scalia's seat has been vacant for 13 months because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a decision to block a hearing for Garland, saying that the next president should name the late justice's successor. Schumer said last week that he did not think Republicans wanted to go that route.

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". Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) told Politico in January. Since Scalia's death, the court has been split 4-4 between conservatives and liberals. Democrats feel like Republicans spent more than a year stonewalling the rightful heir to Justice Antonin Scalia's seat. "Because giant corporations and their right wing buddies don't want a neutral court that simply upholds the law for everyone", Sen. "But the reality is, they just don't have the votes and don't have the goods". "The nominee before us today is not Leader MConnell".

Gorsuch was nominated February 1, and despite his stellar record, which includes a Harvard law degree and a decade on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he could face a tough confirmation battle.

"I have been approached a couple times (about running for office)", Elway said in a 2015 interview with Fox News.

Democrats have struggled with how to handle the Gorsuch nomination, especially since the nominee is hardly a fire-breathing bomb-thrower. McConnell said whether or not that happens is up to Democrats.

Meanwhile, in another case, Gorsuch ruled that the mother of a student with a disability could not pursue remedies under the ADA because she had previously settled an administrative complaint brought under IDEA.

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