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McConnell Asked Dems to Ignore 'Extreme Voices' Over Gorsuch Vote

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By    |   Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 05:57 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he predicted Democrats would block the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with a filibuster shortly after President Donald Trump announced he was nominating him to fill the vacancy left by last year's death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

In an op-ed piece in The Washington Post, McConnell explained he urged Democratic colleagues to consider Gorsuch's "sterling credentials," rather than listen to those in the far left who were intent on opposing many of Trump's policies.

"I asked Democrats to ignore those extreme voices and their attacks and join us instead in giving Gorsuch fair consideration and an up-or-down vote, as we did for the first-term Supreme Court nominees of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama," McConnell wrote.

The Democrats followed through last week on their threat to filibuster the nomination, prompting Republicans to change the Senate rules to allow for a vote on Gorsuch's nomination on a strictly majority basis, rather than the required 60 votes. On Friday, by majority vote in the Senate, Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, which McConnell said was a vote he was "proud to take."

McConnell called last week's Democratic filibuster "a direct attack on the traditions of the Senate and yet another extreme escalation in Democrats' decades-long drive to transform judicial confirmations from constructive debates over qualifications into raw ideological struggles."

Democrats overlooked Gorsuch's qualifications, McConnell explained, because "hard left groups ... demanded it." He added that some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, had even "mused openly about holding the seat vacant indefinitely. So, it didn't really matter who the nominee was, it became clear that Democrats were determined to deny that person a vote."

McConnell explained the rules change did not apply to the legislative filibuster, and that most bills will still require 60 votes to pass.

McConnell then called upon Democrats to "consider the significant things we've been able to achieve in recent years when we worked together," emphasizing the two parties "can get more done by working together." He also suggested Democrats listen to the American people.

"Perhaps this is the moment Democrats will begin again to listen to the many Americans — the people who sent us here — who want real solutions, so we can work together to help move our country forward," he wrote.

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