Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings begin

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, the US Senate finally began confirmation hearings on President Donald J. Trump’s selection to the US Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch. Most of the Alabama congressional delegation has expressed their support for Gorsuch’s confirmation.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) wrote on Monday, “Today the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch began. I’ve said several times that I believe Judge Gorsuch is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court. He’s known to be a strict constitutionalist, and I’m confident that his addition to the Supreme Court would hasten our country’s return to constitutional order.”

Congresswoman Roby continued, “As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I am particularly interested in restoring the rule of law in our nation. I believe that making Judge Neil Gorsuch our next Supreme Court Justice is critical to that effort? I hope the Senate confirms him swiftly, and I will keep you updated with the latest news on his hearings. You can follow along with the rest of Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation proceedings.”

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) wrote, “Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Judge Gorsuch is a skilled jurist who understands the importance of following the law and the Constitution. He will make an excellent addition to the Supreme Court.”

US Senator Luther Strange (R) wrote in an op-ed in The Birmingham News, “Having spent years as Attorney General charged with enforcing the law in Alabama, I understand the immense potential of judges to affirm or degrade the entire legal system. An activist judge not only runs against the expressed intent of the Constitution, but erodes the trust of law-abiding citizens. On the other hand, a justice like Neil Gorsuch would be equipped to reaffirm the limited powers of each branch of government, standing firm through passing waves of social pressure, and upholding the rule of law while politicians come and go.”

Democrats in the Senate have been stalling the confirmation of almost all of President Trumps appointees. Many like, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have been narrowly confirmed on largely party line votes. Will Gorsuch be similarly confirmed or will the Senate require him to receive 60 votes….a much more difficult standard.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The court has been operating with just 8 justices since former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died while on a hunting trip on February 13, 2016.

Brandon Moseley
Written By

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,297 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

DIG DEEPER

National

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the three “liberal” justices in opposing the ruling. New Justice Amy Coney Barret was the deciding vote siding...

News

The Senate confirmed Barrett by a vote of 52 to 48.

National

The final Senate vote on her confirmation is expected to come Monday evening.

Courts

Confirmation hearings began last week and a vote on her confirmation is expected in the next week just days before the general election.