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Centrist Democrat calls for up-or-down vote for Gorsuch

Centrist Democrat calls for up-or-down vote for Gorsuch

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPoll: Dem Donnelly has 4-point lead in Indiana Senate race Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Heitkamp: Staffer no longer with campaign after ad naming abuse victims MORE (N.D.), a centrist Democrat up for reelection in a state that strongly supported President Trump, said Tuesday that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch should get an up-or-down vote.

“As I said last year when Judge Garland was nominated — and reiterated again when Judge Gorsuch was nominated — the U.S. Senate should have an up or down vote on any Supreme Court nominee as part of fulfilling our constitutional duty of providing advice and consent on nominees to the Supreme Court,” Heitkamp said in a statement.

She said Republicans shouldn’t have played politics with the high court by refusing to give Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the court, a hearing or a floor vote last year.

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But she argued that Democrats should not do the same with Trump’s pick.

“It’s my duty to fully consider any Supreme Court nominee, regardless of which party is in the White House — such a role should be above politics,” Heitkamp said in her statement.

Heitkamp said she is “in the process of reviewing the materials he submitted and testimony from his hearing” and is still considering the nominee’s record.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump Jr. to campaign in West Virginia for Manchin challenger Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit on pre-existing conditions Credit union group to spend .8 million for vulnerable Dem, GOP incumbents MORE (W.Va.), another centrist Democrat, took a similar approach Monday when he told NBC that he would vote to end a filibuster of Gorsuch but had not made a final decision on whether to support him on a final confirmation vote, which only requires a simple majority.

Republicans control 52 seats and need eight Democrats or Independents to vote with them to end a filibuster liberals plan to wage against Gorsuch.

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