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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said it does not appear President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media 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 McConnellBoebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Urgency mounts for new voting rights bill Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 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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