Schumer: It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIt's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said it does not appear President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will get the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle to his nomination.

"It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin," Schumer said on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"So instead of changing the rules — which is up to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE [R-Ky.] and the Republican majority — why doesn't President Trump, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate sit down and try to come up with a mainstream nominee?"


Schumer said when a nominee doesn't get 60 votes, the nominee should be changed instead of the rules.

Schumer said the Republicans are "acting like they're a cat on the top of a tree."

"And they have to jump off with all the damage that entails," he said.

"Come back off the tree, sit down and work with us and we will produce a mainstream nominee."

Schumer said other presidents have consulted the other side regarding their Supreme Court nominees.

"All Donald Trump consulted was this hard-right special interest group, the Federalist Society," he said.

"This is not a mainstream choice — he's way far over."

McConnell said Sunday that Gorsuch will ultimately be confirmed. He said it is up to the Democrats, though, how that will be accomplished.

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