Nominees for significant appointments are typically expected to meet with and answer the questions of the senators who will vote on their appointment.
After Judge Gorsuch had canceled a scheduled meeting with Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth he failed, despite her efforts, to reschedule to answer the questions she has about his record. Senator Duckworth said:
“I refused to vote to end debate on a nominee who refuses to provide answers to my questions.”
The representative for Illinois is not the only one to make such accusations. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada stated that she has been requesting a meeting for several weeks but without success. In a statement she made on Thursday Masto stated:
“I supported full consideration of Judge Gorsuch to ensure the American people were fully able to evaluate his record – adhering to my duties to advise and consent,”
Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, and they need 60 votes for the Judge to be confirmed. To date, 36 Democrats including Masto and Duckworth, have joined the effort to block him, and fewer than a dozen remain undecided.
Two Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp both of whom represent heavily Republican states that voted for Trump last year, and are up for re-election next year, have declared their support for Gorsuch.
If the Republicans win over another 6 Democrats, they will have their 60 to allow a confirmation vote. The confirmation vote itself only requires a simple majority.
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