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But with higher stakes surrounding President Trump's nomination of Gorsuch to the nation's highest court, Murray says she will oppose him. Whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, ultimately decides to carry out the "nuclear option" - allowing approval of the nomination by just a simple majority - remains to be seen.

In 2013, Democrats invoked the nuclear option to require a simple majority on most presidential nominees, but excluded Supreme Court nominees.

Shortly before Schumer's announcement, Pennsylvania Sen. But we can demand a constant commitment to fairness, to protecting all Americans regardless of power or wealth, to that guiding creed: equal justice under law.

"After careful deliberation I have concluded that I can not support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court", Schumer said. Schumer is going to force Gorsuch to get 60 votes or be replaced by a new nominee.

Democrats are promising to filibuster Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination Thursday, as the Senate readies to bring it to a vote. Once there, Republicans can change Senate rules to eliminate Democrats' ability to block a final vote through the filibuster.

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SCOTT PELLEY: Today the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up four days of hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

On Thursday, the committee heard from witnesses supporting and opposing Gorsuch, including representatives of the American Bar Association, the lawyers group that evaluates high court nominees and gave Gorsuch its highest rating of "well qualified". It simply records a favourable, unfavourable or "without recommendation" comment and passes the final decision to the full Senate. If all 52 Republican senators vote for cloture, then eight of the 46 Democrats and two independents, who caucus with Democrats, would have to support it, too.

Grassley pointed to the 10 Democrats from states where President Donald Trump won, and suggested that their constituents would not appreciate their senators partaking in such a filibuster. The Republican push to dismantle Obama's Affordable Care Act and the controversy surrounding the investigation into contact between Trump associates and Russian Federation overshadowed the hearings. Schumer said the 49-year-old Coloradan would not serve as a check on Trump or be a mainstream justice.

Rachel Bovard, director of policy services at The Heritage Foundation and a former Senate aide, told The Daily Signal in an email that Schumer's call to filibuster will not likely have a significant impact on Gorsuch's confirmation due to upcoming Senate re-election campaigns.

Gorsuch continually stymied Democrats' relentless inquiries to get him to reveal his views on abortion, guns and other controversial issues, insisting he keeps "an open mind for the entire process" when he makes rulings.