DNC chairman on Gorsuch: 'They need to change the nominee’

DNC chairman on Gorsuch: 'They need to change the nominee’
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez said Democratic opposition to President Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch calls for the president to choose a new nominee. 

Senate Democrats clinched enough support Monday to block Gorsuch’s nomination to America’s highest court, setting the scene for Republicans to exercise the "nuclear option" and bypass a filibuster. 

“It’s plain and simple: Gorsuch has not earned the votes in the Senate to join the Supreme Court,” Perez said in a statement Monday afternoon.

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“Republicans can’t fix Gorsuch by changing the rules,” added Perez, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAssange hit with 17 new charges, including Espionage Act violations Progressive commentator says Obama was delusional thinking he could work with Republicans Obama makes surprise visit to Washington Nationals youth baseball program MORE’s Labor secretary. "They need to change the nominee.”

Perez additionally said Gorsuch’s past rulings show a "long record of cruel rulings that favor powerful and corporate interests over individuals."

“Neil Gorsuch ruled against a truck driver who was fired for choosing to save his own life rather than freeze to death, and against an autistic child simply seeking a better education,” he said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday advanced Gorsuch’s nomination along party lines, setting up a bitter floor fight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.) is expected to schedule a Thursday vote to end a Democratic filibuster of Gorsuch, a move called cloture that requires 60 votes.

But Democrats gained the 41 votes needed to block cloture Monday after Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general This week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks MORE (Calif.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment Senators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows MORE (Va.), Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump GOP senators work to get Trump on board with new disaster aid package Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight MORE (Vt.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOil companies join blitz for carbon tax Mnuchin says carbon capture tax credit guidance will be out soon Mnuchin signals administration won't comply with subpoena for Trump tax returns MORE (Del.) voiced their opposition.

Senate Republicans are now poised to invoke a rarely used procedural tactic known as the nuclear option to change the filibuster rules for Supreme Court nominees, getting around Democrats' opposition to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority. 

Democrats have criticized Gorsuch for an opinion siding with an employer who fired a trucker who disobeyed an order to stay with a disabled vehicle for hours in subzero weather.

Gorsuch has also been criticized by Democrats for his narrow view of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a ruling which the Supreme Court effectively nullified last month.

Republicans have countered that Gorsuch has been rated well-qualified by the American Bar Association and that 97 percent of his decisions were decided unanimously.

Democrats are still fuming over Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a vote on Obama's nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Merrick Garland. The Supreme Court has been left with only eight justices for more than a year.