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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade A Biden stumble on China? MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said it does not appear President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 McConnellGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC 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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