Two Democrats have defected from the “resistance” and are going against their leaders and will support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia publicly came out in support for Gorsuch. Here are their statements:
“After considering his record, watching his testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee and meeting with him twice,” Manchin said in a statement Thursday, “I will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court.”
“He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well-respected jurist who understands the rule of law,” Heitkamp said of Gorsuch in a statement. “He has unique and critical experience with tribal sovereignty, Indian law, and public lands issues in the west, and has received the endorsement of numerous tribes and major Native American organizations.”
Democrats were planning on a filibuster, however, with Democrats starting to defect the so-called “nuclear option” Republicans were planning on may not be needed.
As a result, Liberal groups are furious The Hill reports:
A coalition of liberal groups is putting pressure on the Democratic Party not to help centrist Democrats running for re-election next year if they vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Liberal activist leaders plan to deliver a petition Monday to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) urging party leaders not to give campaign funding to any senator who votes for Gorsuch or strikes a deal to advance his nomination.
As of now, 9 Democrats are undecided or unclear, 41 votes will be needed to filibuster. But, if Democrats continue to give up the cause may be lost. THIS…IS…UNACCEPTABLE!