Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is an extreme candidate chosen from a list handpicked by extreme right-wing groups. Any suggestion that this man is impartial and even-handed enough to take a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is shameful. Gorsuch’s record on the Tenth Circuit raises serious concerns about his tendency to rule for corporations and against everyday people.
In the weeks and days leading up to his confirmation hearing, a majority of senators have dropped hints or made direct statements about where they stand on Neil Gorsuch. Make sure your senators don’t give in to bullying by the Republicans and president. See where your senators stand, then call on them OPPOSE Gorsuch.
Lisa Murkowski (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I am pleased with President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court . . . He is respected by legal scholars across ideological boundaries and is an originalist and textualist in the model of Justice Scalia.
Dan Sullivan (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch’s record reflects Justice Scalia’s legacy of textualism and an ardent respect for the Constitution and rule of law. He is poised to make an excellent addition to the Supreme Court.
Richard Shelby (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
President Trump has made an outstanding selection in nominating Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and I am confident that he will preserve Scalia’s legacy on the bench for generations to come.
Luther Strange (R), Alabama AG Press Release, February 1, 2017
Attorney General Strange and the other Attorneys General further noted President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Gorsuch was in keeping with the will of the American people who wish to see the late Justice Scalia’s seat on the High Court filled by someone who will carry on his tradition of upholding the Constitution rather than rewriting it.
John Boozman (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Millions of Americans went to their polling places on election day to make their voices heard on the type of jurist they want serving on the Supreme Court. They decided to put their trust in President Trump to fill the Court’s vacant seat.
Tom Cotton (R), Senate Press Release, February 8, 2017
He walked me through how he would conduct himself on the bench and how he sees the Supreme Court’s role in our constitutional democracy . . . With great confidence in his judgment, I look forward to supporting his nomination.
Jeff Flake (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Filling Justice Scalia’s seat with a principled conservative who will interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority. I am confident that Judge Neil Gorsuch fits the bill[.]
John McCain (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
[H]is record of upholding the Constitution and respecting the limited role of the judiciary makes him a fitting choice to fill the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Dianne Feinstein (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Then tonight, President Trump declared, ‘I am a man of my word.’ That’s exactly what I’m afraid of. Judge Gorsuch voted twice to deny contraceptive coverage to women, elevating a corporation’s religious beliefs over women’s health care.
Kamala Harris (D), Twitter @KamalaHarris, January 31, 2017
This SCOTUS seat belongs to the people – and we need someone who will uphold our civil rights.
Michael Bennet (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Michael takes seriously the Senate’s responsibility to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominations. He intends to review Judge Gorsuch’s record carefully in the coming weeks.
Cory Gardner (R), Senate Press Release, February 1, 2017
I urge my colleagues to expeditiously confirm this mainstream jurist who has proven that he understands the importance of putting personal beliefs aside and interpreting the law as written.
Richard Blumenthal (D), Senate Press Release, February 8, 2017
As the nominee of a President who has viciously attacked the independence of the judiciary and declared multiple litmus tests for justices, Judge Gorsuch has a special responsibility to reassure the American people that he will be an open-minded and independent jurist.
Christopher Murphy (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I want a Supreme Court Justice who will fairly interpret the law, uphold the Constitution, and keep politics out of the courtroom. I want a mainstream judge, not an ideological partisan. I’ll take a close look at Judge Gorsuch’s record and judicial philosophy[.]
Thomas Carper (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Given President Trump’s actions in defiance of our Constitution and our values during these early moments of his administration, I will also insist that Judge Gorsuch meet and exceed the highest bar before being approved by the United States Senate.
Chris Coons (D), Senate Press Release, February 7, 2017
I’m concerned about his position on access to justice and plaintiffs. I’m concerned about how he sees the balance of power between our branches and I’m concerned about some of his opinions and writings.
Bill Nelson (D), “Sen. Nelson unsure about Gorsuch for high court,” The News-Press, February 4, 2017
I have real concerns about what I believe are two of the most fundamental rights in our democracy: the right to vote and the right to know who you are voting for[.]
Marco Rubio (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
On the issue of this Supreme Court nomination specifically, the American people gave the president and the Republican-controlled Senate a mandate to choose a successor to Antonin Scalia . . . I am confident Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed by the Senate[.]
Johnny Isakson (R), Senate Press Release, February 15, 2017
I enjoyed our meeting today and believe that Judge Gorsuch will serve with wisdom and distinction, continuing the fine legacy of the man whom he would replace, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
David Perdue (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
President Trump promised the American people he would nominate someone to the Supreme Court who is unwavering in their support of the Constitution, and he has kept his word. I applaud President Trump for nominating Judge Gorsuch to be our next Supreme Court Justice.
Mazie Hirono (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
In his first two weeks as President, Donald Trump has demonstrated minimal tolerance for independent thinking and dissent. I am deeply concerned that his choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will be a rubber stamp for the President’s radical agenda.
Brian Schatz (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch has consistently ruled in favor of corporations over individuals, has undermined women’s rights, and has failed to protect workers from discrimination. I will continue to study his record . . . [b]ut this was a missed opportunity to select a mainstream judge who could have garnered bipartisan support.
Joni Ernst (R), Senate Press Release, February 13, 2017
During the course of Judge Gorsuch’s ten-year judicial career, his opinions have reflected not only his outstanding legal acumen, but also his respect for the Constitution and a Scalia-like ability to explain his decisions.
Charles Grassley (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Following the death of Justice Scalia as Americans were beginning to cast their votes for the next President, I said that we’d move forward with the next President’s nomination to the Supreme Court, regardless of who won. The President has made his selection and that’s what we’ll do.
Michael Crapo (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination. As that review is conducted, I have long said that our next justice must look first and foremost to the Constitution for guidance in all legal matters.
Jim Risch (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I am confident he is the right nominee and will follow closely in the footsteps of his predecessor, the late Antonin Scalia.
Tammy Duckworth (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
While I will reserve judgment on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination until his confirmation hearing in order to give my decision the diligence it deserves, I am troubled by his judicial record of undermining the Federal Government’s ability to protect labor and environmental rights, his hostility towards a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, and by one of his previous rulings that refused to hold law enforcement accountable for excessive force that led to a young man’s death.
Richard Durbin (D), Senate Press Release, February 14, 2017
With a dizzying array of legal and constitutional disputes already haunting this White House, the Senate will not simply hand President Trump the deciding vote on cases that bring his Administration before the Supreme Court.
Joe Donnelly (D), Senate Press Release, February 14, 2017
I will continue to carefully review Judge Gorsuch’s record and qualifications in the coming weeks and will be following his hearing before the Judiciary Committee.
Todd Young (R), “Young, Donnelly Hold Off Committing on Gorsuch Till After Hearings,” WIBC, February 24, 2017
Donnelly says he won’t decide how to vote until after Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings next month —but Republican Todd Young says the same, though he says he’s “highly impressed” after meeting with Gorsuch.
Jerry Moran (R), Senate Press Release, February 10, 2010
[W]ith Judge Neil Gorsuch’s recent nomination to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, I look forward to the Senate considering and approving a justice who adheres to the text of the Constitution and does not legislate from the bench.
Pat Roberts (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
President Trump has selected a person who he believes will carry on in the tradition of Justice Scalia and uphold the values of the Constitution to the highest standard. I believe that is exactly the type of justice we need.
Mitch McConnell (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch understands the invaluable contribution to the federal judiciary and our democratic government made by the justice he is succeeding.
Rand Paul (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch is a worthy successor to Justice Scalia, a committed originalist, a strong defender of religious liberty and states’ rights, and a bulwark against the administrative state.
Bill Cassidy (R), Senate Press Release, February 13, 2017
I look forward to voting for his confirmation and will work to secure a swift confirmation for President Trump’s pick.
John Kennedy (R), Senate Press Release, February 1, 2017
I like what I see so far, but look forward to learning more in the confirmation process. Neil Gorsuch is obviously very well-qualified based on his education and background, but I want to know what’s in his heart.
Edward Markey (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
As an Appeals Court judge for more than a decade, Judge Gorsuch has authored or joined opinions that have demonstrated hostility to women’s reproductive rights, commonsense environmental regulations, and the rights of workers, consumers, and the disabled. I will not support the nomination of Judge Gorsuch.
Elizabeth Warren (D), Senate Press Release, February 1, 2017
We cannot stand down when American values and constitutional principles are attacked. We cannot stand down while the President of the United States hands our highest court over to the highest bidder. And that is why I will oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.
Benjamin Cardin (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
During the Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would use litmus tests and select a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia. I intend to dig deeply into Judge Gorsuch’s judicial and public record, but if he does fit into that extremist mold, it is troubling.
Chris Van Hollen (D), “Dems Finally Have A Chance For Revenge On SCOTUS, But Will They Take It?,” Talking Points Memo, February 1, 2017
The American public deserves a thorough vetting. People need to make sure that we have a Supreme Court justice who is in the mainstream[.]
Susan Collins (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I look forward to the Senate proceeding to the next step in this process by holding public hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will help provide a careful, thorough vetting of this nominee’s record.
Angus King (I), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
At the end of this process, I will make an independent judgment based on whether or not I believe he will interpret the law in accordance with existing statutes and precedent, and most importantly, in accordance with the Constitution.
Gary Peters (D), “Stabenow, Peters pressured over Trump’s Supreme Court pick,” The Associated Press, February 25, 2017
Certainly he brings a set of qualifications to the job. My problem with him may deal more with some of his judicial philosophy. But again I’m going to wait for a final decision as I hear more[.]
Debbie Stabenow (D), All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC, January 31, 2017
I have great concerns about this nominee. I’ll listen. I’ll meet with him. The cases I`ve seen that he has ruled on I’m very concerned about, but I think the biggest thing is that it needs to be a coming together.
Al Franken (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Long before his election, President Trump promised to appoint a Supreme Court justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia, who held a deeply conservative view of the Constitution and the Court . . . I have serious concerns about his judicial philosophy-especially on issues like access to justice, corporate accountability, workers’ rights, and women’s health.
Amy Klobuchar (D), Senate Press Release, February 1, 2017
I have concerns about his views and record on issues including those involving separation of powers, campaign finance, and consumer protection. This nominee deserves serious scrutiny.
Roy Blunt (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
The Supreme Court is one of the most important legacies this president is likely to leave, and he made the right choice in selecting Judge Gorsuch to begin shaping the long-term view of the court.
Claire McCaskill (D), Senate Press Release, February 8, 2017
I was glad for the opportunity to sit down with Judge Gorsuch and hear more about his record and his views, and I’m looking forward to seeing his confirmation hearing.
Thad Cochran (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I commend President Trump for his nomination of Judge Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Filling the seat left open by Justice Scalia was a critical issue for many voters in the presidential election.
Roger Wicker (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
When voters chose Donald Trump to be President, they made it clear that the Supreme Court vacancy should be filled by a jurist in the conservative mold of Justice Antonin Scalia. President Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch meets that high standard.
Steve Daines (R), Senate Press Release, February 9, 2017
He made clear to me that he understands the proper role of the judiciary and will not legislate from the bench.
Jon Tester (D), Senate Press Release, February 6, 2017
As I continue to review his body of work, I will be looking to ensure he understands Montana and our challenges, as well as the Constitution and that he is committed to protecting our freedoms.
Richard Burr (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Now that the American people have spoken, and the President has nominated a mainstream jurist, I am hopeful that the Senate will come together and swiftly confirm Judge Gorsuch.
Thom Tillis (R), Senate Press Release, February 10, 2017
I just completed a very productive meeting with Judge Gorsuch, who is going to make a great Supreme Court justice.
Heidi Heitkamp (D), “ND Rep. Cramer touts Trump’s agenda,” INFORUM, February 28, 2017
I intend to do my job, which is the due diligence that we should all do with a lifetime appointment and that involves actually watching the confirmation hearings[.]
John Hoeven (R), Twitter @SenJohnHoeven, February 1, 2017
Judge Gorsuch has a strong record of upholding the law and his rulings show a strict interpretation of the Constitution, like Justice Antonin Scalia.
Deb Fischer (R), “Opinion: Humble. Brilliant. Unbiased. The Qualities I Seek In A Supreme Court Justice.” The Daily Caller, February 3, 2017
[W]e do not want a trailblazer. When it comes to fundamental questions of republican government, the wisest course was charted in Philadelphia in 1789.
Ben Sasse (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Democrats are working overtime to cast Judge Gorsuch as a reflexive partisan but, as I said when Justice Scalia died, there are no Republican or Democratic seats on the Supreme Court.
Maggie Hassan (D), Senate Press Release, February 27, 2017
I will continue to thoroughly vet Judge Gorsuch’s record and views throughout the hearing process.
Jeanne Shaheen (D), Senate Press Release, February 15, 2017
I look forward to reviewing his public testimony during the nomination process.
Cory Booker (D), Twitter @CoryBooker, February 1, 2017
I will not vote for Judge Gorsuch. I will oppose his nomination.
Robert Menendez (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Most importantly, as a Supreme Court Justice, Judge Gorsuch must demonstrate he understands that the Supreme Court is the main safeguard of our Constitution and must remain an independent, equal branch of government, and no Justice can be beholden to the interests of any one person or group – including those of the president who appoints him.
Martin Heinrich (D), Senate Press Release, February 1, 2017
This is a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, and Judge Gorsuch must be subjected to the highest level of scrutiny.
Tom Udall (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
President Trump has emphasized that he was choosing a nominee who would carry out his intention to reverse Roe v. Wade. So I want to be clear where I stand: Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for over 40 years, and I will fight any effort to reverse the law and take away a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.
Catherine Cortez Masto (D), “Senate Democrats ready for battle over Supreme Court nominee,” Las Vegas Review-Journal¬¬, January 31, 2017
Any individual who is nominated to serve on the Supreme Court will be making decisions with broad implications for our safety, our rights and our core values as Americans . . . and I believe Judge Neil Gorsuch’s views on the issues and his full record deserves to be intensely scrutinized.
Dean Heller (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I look forward to meeting with Neil Gorsuch and vetting his qualifications as we begin this important process. It’s critical this seat is occupied by someone who can live up to the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia[.]
Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Senate Press Release, February 1, 2017
Judge Gorsuch has proven to have a judicial philosophy outside of the mainstream and time and again has subjugated individual rights to those of corporations . . . I plan to stand up for individuals over corporations and oppose his nomination[.]
Charles Schumer (D), “Schumer doubts Neil Gorsuch will be independent Supreme Court justice,” syracuse.com, January 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court[.]
Sherrod Brown (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
The people of Ohio deserve Supreme Court Justices who will defend the rights of working families over Wall Street and corporate special interests – and Judge Gorsuch’s record doesn’t pass that test . . . I cannot support any nominee who does not recognize that corporations are not people.
Rob Portman (R), Senate Press Release, February 15, 2017
I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench. I believe that is exactly what he will do should he be confirmed to this important position.
James Inhofe (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
President Trump’s selection of Neil Gorsuch to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court not only fills the bench but does so with a smart, thoughtful, constitutional conservative[.]
James Lankford (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Americans chose President Trump and they also chose his nominees for his cabinet and the Supreme Court.
Jeff Merkley (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
[Trump] doubled down on division by picking an ideological and extreme nominee to satisfy the far right.
Ron Wyden (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
No Senator who believes that individual rights are reserved to the people, and not the government, can support this nomination.
Bob Casey (D), Twitter @SenBobCasey, February 16, 2017
Bottom line: I have real concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s philosophy/legal opinions. I will continue to review record/closely follow hearing.
Patrick Toomey (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I was pleased to see President Trump nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States . . . And I believe that like Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch will be a principled justice, will be dedicated to the principles of originalism, and will neutrally apply the law, even when doing so leads to a policy outcome he personally opposes.
Jack Reed (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I am concerned that Judge Gorsuch has a tendency to favor the interests of big corporations and special interests over every day Americans.
Sheldon Whitehouse (D), Senate Press Release, February 15, 2017
To win my support, Judge Gorsuch will have to convince me that he will stand up to the sort of political giveaways to Republicans that have been the hallmark of the Roberts Court.
Lindsey Graham (R), “Trump Picks Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court,” U.S. News & World Report, January 31, 2017
I’m mucho happy about this pick[.]
Tim Scott (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I believe that Judge Gorsuch will serve as a great successor to the late Justice Scalia, and I look forward to supporting his nomination over the coming months.
Mike Rounds (R), “Judge Gorsuch an excellent choice for Supreme Court,” Meade County Times-Tribune, February 8, 2017
We believe Judge Gorsuch espouses the same approach as Justice Scalia and has a strong understanding of federalism upon which our country is built.
John Thune (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
President Trump has made an outstanding choice … I look forward to confirming Judge Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.
Lamar Alexander (R), Senate Press Release
I look forward to learning more about him as the Senate considers his nomination.
Bob Corker (R), Senate Press Release, February 2, 2017
I could not be more impressed with Judge Gorsuch and enthusiastically support his nomination[.]
John Cornyn (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I’m confident that Judge Gorsuch will follow Justice Scalia’s example, adhering to the Constitution and fairly applying the law on behalf of all Americans.
Ted Cruz (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
In November, the People spoke, clearly. They elected President Donald Trump, who had repeatedly promised to nominate a justice firmly committed to following the law and the original understanding of the Constitution. Today, with the nomination of the Honorable Neil Gorsuch from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump has fulfilled that promise, and the rule of law will be all the better for it.
Orrin Hatch (R), “Guest opinion: Judge Gorsuch — Utah’s nominee for the Supreme Court,” Daily Herald, February 24, 2017
More than any Supreme Court nominee in recent history, President Trump’s selection of Judge Gorsuch reflects the will of America’s voters. In a very real sense, Judge Gorsuch is the people’s nominee, and given his record and qualifications, we have every reason to believe he will serve the people well.
Mike Lee (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
This vacancy was a central issue during the 2016 campaign and the people have spoken by electing President Trump and returning a Republican Senate majority. I applaud the President for his excellent choice, and I look forward to enthusiastically working toward Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation.
Tim Kaine (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
In considering Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and observing his confirmation hearing, I intend to carefully scrutinize his temperament and record, particularly on civil rights and other Constitutional guarantees.
Mark Warner (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
[H]is record must be thoroughly vetted to ensure his views and judicial philosophy are not out of the mainstream. I look forward to carefully reviewing Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications before deciding whether I believe he is fit to serve on our nation’s highest court.
Patrick Leahy (D), Senate Press Release, February 13, 2017
With the ideological litmus test that President Trump has applied in making this selection, the American people are justified to wonder whether Judge Gorsuch can truly be independent of the President who nominated him, and the moneyed interests that hand-picked him.
Bernard Sanders (I), Twitter @SenSanders, January 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch must explain his hostility to women’s rights, support of corporations over workers and opposition to campaign finance reform.
Maria Cantwell (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I have concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s record on a number of important issues. We need a justice who will help move our country forward, not backwards, as part of a Court that recognizes settled law.
Patty Murray (D), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
I would certainly start my process with deep concerns about whether this nominee would be someone who would protect our Constitutional rights and liberties and would respect critical precedents on issues like privacy, workers’ rights, protecting women’s access to health care and upholding Roe v. Wade, and more.
Tammy Baldwin (D), “Sen. Baldwin meets Gorsuch, restates her opposition,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinell, February 16, 2017
I will not support a Supreme Court nominee who has too often favored big business over workers and retirees. I also believe people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans. I don’t have confidence Judge Gorsuch is that nominee.
Ron Johnson (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
Replacing Justice Antonin Scalia, a man of unwavering devotion to freedom and the rule of law, is a daunting task. From what I’ve heard and read, it appears that Judge Gorsuch has a similar fidelity to the Constitution and integrity to apply the law as a judge, not a superlegislator.
Shelley Capito (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
West Virginians and the American people had an opportunity to weigh in, now the Senate should fairly and thoroughly consider Judge Gorsuch and act on his nomination.
Joe Manchin (D), Senate Press Release, February 9, 2017
I will continue to review Judge Gorsuch’s record, qualifications and his future testimony to determine if I will support him. I look forward to working with President Trump and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work through this confirmation process[.]
John Barrasso (R), Senate Press Release, March 1, 2017
[T]he thing I like best about Judge Gorsuch is that he believes and understands fully that the Constitution is a legal document, not a living document. It was built for rigidity, not flexibility.
Michael Enzi (R), Senate Press Release, January 31, 2017
The presidential election was an opportunity for the American people to have a say in who chooses the next Supreme Court justice. My colleagues should remember that.