The 5 Most Devastating Lines from Chuck Schumer's Call to Filibuster Neil Gorsuch
While the American Health Care Act sputtered in Congress, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans Thursday to invoke a filibuster of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch after the judge's third day of confirmation hearings. More impressively, he urged his fellow senators to follow suit.
Here are the five most devastating lines from Schumer's speech on the Senate floor.
1. Going 'Nuclear'
Republicans have the option to change the 60-vote rule to a majority of 51; i.e. "go nuclear."
"If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes," said Schumer, "a bar met by each of President [Barack] Obama’s nominees, and President [George W.] Bush’s last two nominees, the answer isn’t to change the rules—it’s to change the nominee."
2. Executive Orders
“Judge Gorsuch was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check on a president who has shown almost no restraint from executive overreach,” the minority leader noted.
3. Federalist Funding and Ideology
"Gorsuch was groomed by the Federalist Society and has not shown one inch of difference between his views and theirs," Schumer said of the group, which, along with the 501(c)4 group Judicial Crisis Network, spent approximately $10 million in dark money on the confirmation of Gorsuch.
4. Corporations vs. People
"[Gorsuch] is someone who almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak, corporations over working Americans," Schumer concluded, referencing the now-infamous of the freezing truck driver.
5. The Merrick Garland Snub
"If the Senate were merely evaluating a nominee based on his or her qualifications, Merrick Garland [President Obama's pick to replace the late Justice Scalia] would be seated on the Supreme Court right now," said Schumer. "Merrick Garland's not a justice; we all know why."