The Washington Democrat says she will vote against confirming Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court — and filibuster him if necessary.
Washington’s senior Democratic Sen. Patty Murray says she will vote against confirming Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court — and filibuster him if necessary.
Murray was in the Senate in 2006, when Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed on a voice vote to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. But with higher stakes surrounding President Trump’s nomination of Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court, Murray says she will oppose him.
In a statement Friday morning, Murray cited Republicans’ refusal to confirm or even seriously consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, a similarly well-qualified jurist — and went on to lambaste President Trump’s conduct in his first few months in office.
“Senate Republicans refused to do their job and refused to hold a single hearing. Second, since taking office two months ago, President Trump has demonstrated complete disregard for law, the U.S. Constitution, and the best interests of American families. He continues to try and force through an un-American, unconstitutional ban on Muslim refugees and immigrants, and he fired an acting attorney general when she refused to compromise her legal judgment in order to conform to his demands. That chaos, coupled with the cloud of an FBI investigation into the president and his associates, has led me to the conclusion that I cannot trust that President Trump is acting in the best interest of our country or our democracy and that I cannot support moving forward with his choice for the Court.”
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Murray’s statement said she was concerned with the “unprecedented” pace of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s process, “which appears to be designed to confirm this nominee on the fastest timeline in recent history, despite the same committee’s unwillingness to even hold a hearing on the vacancy for 12 months following Justice Scalia’s passing.”
And Murray added she’s “deeply troubled” by Gorsuch’s “extreme conservative perspective on women’s health,” citing his “inability” to state a clear position on Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion-legalization decision, and his comments about the “Hobby Lobby” decision allowing employers to refuse to provide birth-control coverage.
“I would certainly hope that Republicans don’t change the rules to break the long and important precedent of demanding a 60-vote threshold for lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land. If a nominee can’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules, you should change the nominee,” Murray’s statement said.
Washington’s other senator, Maria Cantwell, has not announced her vote on Gorsuch. A spokesman for her office said she’ll meet with Gorsuch next week.