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 ObamaTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Biden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated 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 McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence 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 FeinsteinTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death MORE (Calif.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong Facebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges MORE (Va.), Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he's broken the rules MORE (Vt.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation 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.