Grassley to lead this week's hearing on Supreme Court nominee

Gorsuch will deliver his opening remarks Monday after being introduced by the two senators from his home state of Colorado - Republican Sen.

Another Democrat, U.S. Sen.

The nominee will make an opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to kick off hearings that could span four days.

Sisk said that though male students also talked about the challenges of families and work-life balance, Gorsuch maintained that this was an issue for women.

In a move that irks liberals in his base, Sen.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (California), the committee's ranking member, acknowledge the specter of the Garland nomination hanging over Gorsuch's hearing.

With Republicans holding 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, Gorsuch will need to earn the support of at least eight Democrats to win confirmation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he intends Trump's pick will be confirmed before the Senate goes on break April 8. However, it is not clear if they would do so, and Republicans could change Senate rules to require only a simple-majority vote for confirmation.

The nods to Garland reflect the simmering anger among Democrats about what happened previous year.

Republicans and Democrats sparred over role of courtsSens.

In past hearings, the questions have centered around the nominee's legal qualifications, decisions as a judge, positions on political issues, interpretations of the Constitution, general legal philosophy and current legal controversies. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia in just three years, got his law degree from Harvard, and he's an Oxford scholar to boot. "He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination". "He's the right jurist for the job".

Schumer, in a speech on the Senate floor last week, said Gorsuch "may act like a studied, neutral judge, but his record suggests he actually has a right-wing, pro-corporate special interest agenda".

[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.

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.

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, highlighted the American Bar Association's unanimous well qualified rating for Gorsuch, noting that Democrats have previously referred to the ABA's rating as the gold standard for evaluating judicial nominees. Cruz asked if, for example, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who were appointed to the high court by former Democratic President Bill Clinton, were expected to address sexual harassment allegations against Clinton at their confirmation hearings. He is a conservative, who has worked in the Department of Justice before becoming a federal appeals judge. The seat has gone unfilled as Republicans refused to hear any Obama nominee, hoping to hold out until last year's presidential election concluded.

Leahy said the GOP is conducting "court unpacking scheme", harkening back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's failed effort in the 1930s to pack the Supreme Court with more justices, a move lawmakers rejected.

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