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2 Democrats Break Ranks to Support Neil Gosuch for SCOTUS

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 05:52 PM

Two Democrats said Thursday that they would vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, flying in the face of threats by party leaders to filibuster the vote on Monday.

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia said they would join Republicans in backing the appellate court judge.

"After doing my due diligence by meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I've decided to vote in favor of his confirmation," Heitkamp said in a statement. "He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well-respected jurist who understands the rule of law.

"During our meeting and at his hearing, he reinforced the importance of a judiciary that remains independent of the executive and legislative branches of government — and that acts as a proper check and balance on the other two branches of government.

"I expect him to follow through on that critical tenet," she said.

Manchin said in his statement that "I will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court.

"Supreme Court jurists should have an extensive career in law, a record of upholding the Constitution in their rulings, an established judicial philosophy and an appropriate temperament.

"Throughout Judge Gorsuch's career, he has come to his legal rulings objectively, through the letter of the law rather than through his own opinion," he said.

"I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court justice."

Under current Senate rules, Gorsuch would need to be confirmed on 60 votes, requiring six more Democrats, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has said he would oppose the nomination.

The threat has led for Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the "nuclear option" that would allow Gorsuch to be confirmed by a simple majority vote.

Republicans control the Senate 52-46.

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