Schumer, Blunt, McCain

Executive Session (Gorsuch Nomination)


Senator Schumer: (9:52 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
    • "Even though Democrats had principled reasons to oppose this judge, even though we offered many times to meet with the majority to discuss a new nominee and a way forward, the Republicans chose to break the rules and erase the 60-vote threshold for all judicial nominees. They had many options, and they chose, unfortunately, the nuclear option. I believe it will make this body a more partisan place. It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place. As a result, America's faith in the integrity of the court and their trust in the basic impartiality of the law will suffer. Those are serious things for this republic. Prior to yesterday's cloture vote, I shared my views on this moment at length, and I will let those comments stand in the record. Now, as I have said repeatedly over the last week, week and a half, let us go no further down this road. I hope the Republican leader and I can in the coming months find a way to build a firewall around the legislative filibuster, which is the most important distinction between the Senate and the House."
  • Spoke on the U.S missile strikes in Syria.
    • "I salute the professionalism and skill of our armed forces who took action last night. The people of Syria have suffered untold horrors and violence at the hands of Bashar al-Assad, and his supporters in Tehran and in Putin's Russia. Making sure that Assad knows when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do. It is now, however, incumbent on the Trump Administration to come up with a coherent strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it."


Senator Blunt: (9:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
    • "I want to talk about what we're doing today and how important it is and how unique it is in the history of the sun since 1789, 112 people have served on the Supreme Court. It's hard not to be reminded today as we vote for the replacement for Justice Scalia that he served on the court for 26 years after Ronald Reagan who left - appointed him left the White House and 13 years after President Reagan died, so clearly the impact of a Supreme Court appointment for a nomination for the president, a confirmation for the Senate is one of those things that has the potential to last long beyond either the service of those in the senate at the time or certainly beyond those of the president at the time, and so it's a significant decision. A federal court appointment, generally an appointment for life, is different than an appointment for someone who serves during the tenure of the president, and I think almost all of us look at judicial appointments differently than we look at cabinet appointments and other appointments that are concurrent with the president's term. This is an appointment that lasts for as long as the judge is willing to serve and able to serve, and at 49 years old, Judge Gorsuch, who's already been a judge for ten years, so he should know whether he likes being a judge or not, and it would appear and we would hope that he would have a long and healthy life to use his skills on the court."


Senator McCain: (10:19 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
    • "My focus on the Democrats' unprecedented filibuster of Judge Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court and the Senate's regrettable action yesterday to invoke the nuclear option on Supreme Court nominees, I have been remiss in not taking the time to describe for the American people why I support strongly and without qualification confirming Judge Gorsuch to serve as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Why I do so is very simple. Rarely has this body seen a nominee to the Supreme Court so well qualified, so skilled, with such a command of constitutional jurisprudence, with such an established record of independence and such judicial temperament than Judge Gorsuch. It is in fact exactly for these very reasons that this very body unanimously voted, unanimously voted in 2006 to confirm this very judge, the same judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Yet now the other side would have the American people believe that this very same judge lies firmly outside the mainstream and is therefore otherwise unacceptable to serve in the nation's highest court. Even by the standards of this body, this is breathtaking."