Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court moves to the full Senate today after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in his favor. The Democrats are threatening to filibuster his confirmation and have the 41 votes needed. If they do, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will change the Senate rules to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority rather than the typical 60-vote requirement. The Senate confirmation continues at 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 4. You can watch PBS’ live stream above.
Sen. Chuck Grassley has said that Gorsuch will definitely be on the Supreme Court by midnight Friday, Fox News reported. Expect heated debates in the Senate as his confirmation continues.
Members of the committee are being vocal about their decisions. Patrick Leahy, for example, said he thought Gorsuch’s answers were evasive and, although ending the filibuster would damage the Senate, he must vote his conscience, The Washington Post reported.
The debates over his nomination will begin in the full Senate Tuesday morning and a vote will likely be no later than Friday.