Colorado’s 10th Circuit Court Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch handled his Senate confirmation interlocutors well after the first two days of hearings.
In an interview Wednesday, March 22 with KOA’s Steffan Tubbs, Ciruli said the problem is clearly not Gorsuch’s ability to answer questions, but Democrats continued anger on the lack of a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland and contribution of President Trump’s eight weeks in office to the Democratic resistance. Gorsuch needs 60 votes to get a floor vote, and normally that is easily accomplished. This year it is likely to be a struggle.
In a particularly difficult spot is Michael Bennet, who would normally, at a minimum, support having an up or down vote and possibly due to Gorsuch’s Colorado bona fide and sterling record vote to confirm. But this year it’s a tougher position for a senator who thinks about the presidency or vice presidency.
This will be the most important week in the Trump presidency. Along with Gorsuch and the FBI Director Comey’s testimony, the health care bill will be voted on if 216 votes are lined up. As of Thursday night, the bill was postponed due to the failure of the President and Speaker Ryan’s final appeals to diehard conservatives.
|Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 22, 2017 | Jack Gruber/USA Today|