Pence: SCOTUS pick getting vote 'one way or another'

Vice President Pence on Saturday made the case for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, saying he will get a vote in the Senate “one way or another.”

Holding a 52-person majority, Republicans would need eight Democrats to break a filibuster. Pence said earlier this week that he hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) would not have to eradicate the filibuster to ensure Gorsuch’s confirmation. Known as the “nuclear option,” eliminating the filibuster would make it so Supreme Court nominees only need 51 votes as opposed to 60.

“President Trump and I have full confidence that Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed, but rest assured, we will work with the Senate leadership to ensure that judge Gorsuch gets an up or down vote on the Senate floor one way or the other,” Pence said Saturday in an address to the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies in Philadelphia. 


Pence argued that Gorsuch is “cut from the same cloth” as the late Justice Antonin Scalia and said the vacant seat on the nation’s highest court belongs “to the American people.”

“He’s an originalist and textualist who will pick up right where Justice Scalia left off. Judge Gorsuch has such a long history of holding the separation of powers and the checks and balances between the three branches,” the vice president said.

Trump on Tuesday announced that Gorsuch is his choice to replace the vacancy left by Scalia. 

Gorsuch likely faces a tough battle in his Senate confirmation, as Democrats are still reeling after Senate Republicans refused to take up former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon Trump appointees stymie recommendations to boost minority voting: report Obama's first presidential memoir, 'A Promised Land,' set for November release MORE’s pick for the court, Merrick Garland, for a vote last year.

Speaking in the city where the Constitution was written, Pence invoked Gorsuch’s defense of one of the country’s founding documents and urged the Senate not to filibuster his nomination.

“He also defends the Constitution’s unique system of federalism and he restricts the national government to the specific and enumerated powers enshrined in the Constitution while leaving to the states much more sizable control over their lives and destinies,” Pence said of the federal circuit court judge.