Sanders to oppose Gorsuch's nomination
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE (I-Vt.) said on Thursday that he will oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination, joining a wing of progressive senators opposed to President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.

"After careful consideration of Judge Gorsuch’s record, I have concluded that I will not vote to confirm him to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court," Sanders, a member of Senate Democratic leadership, said in a statement.

Democrats wanted Gorsuch to at least hint at his views on specific cases and issues during his three days testifying before the Judiciary Committee, but Sanders argued that Trump's nominee "refused to answer legitimate questions."

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Sanders joins several Democrats who are going on the record against Gorsuch's nomination. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems target small cluster of states in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials move to require drug prices in TV ads | 4,000 more people lose Medicaid in Arkansas | New top official for Medicaid Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) both announced earlier Thursday that they are opposed.

Republicans are expected to need 60 votes to clear Gorsuch through the Senate, which would require the support of at least eight Democrats and Independents.

But GOP leadership also hasn't ruled out the "nuclear option," a procedural move that would lower the 60-vote hurdle to a simple majority.

Sanders added on Thursday that he wouldn't support changing Senate rules, though Republicans could be able to do that without Democratic support.

"I will not support Republican efforts to change the rules to choke off debate and ram the nomination through the Senate," he said.

Progressive senators are widely expected to oppose Gorsuch, with Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again MORE (D-Mass.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem victories in `18 will not calm party turbulence MORE (D-Ohio) already announcing their opposition.