Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

"I want to hear from you why Mr. Priebus would say that", Durbin said to Gorsuch. Democrats are under intense pressure from liberal voters to resist Trump at every turn, and many remain irate over the treatment of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, who was denied so much as a hearing past year by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

As a lifetime appointee, he would be one of nine justices who have the final legal word on numerous most sensitive USA issues, from abortion to gender to gun control to workers' rights.

Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearing to the nation's highest court began Monday morning, can now count on the support of one of the NFL's most prolific icons.

In the presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Cruz said, "the people chose originalism, textualism and the rule of law".

Gorsuch gave a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon, defending his record and pledging to be fair and follow the law.

Now a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Gorsuch has ruled in several cases touching on the rights of people with disabilities, a judicial record that many advocacy groups say is worrisome.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee told a group of students previous year that companies need to protect themselves from women looking to take advantage of maternity benefits. Questioning will begin on Tuesday, and votes in committee and on the Senate floor are expected early next month.

Grassley argued that Gorsuch's body of professional work is defined by an unfailing commitment to the principles of constitutional order and the separation of powers. The next Supreme Court justice will help determine whether our courts will serve the interests of all of us or bend to the will of the powerful moneyed few who helped place them on the court. Other Democrats would rather focus on what they say is Gorsuch's record of backing big business over worker rights.

"Senate Republicans made a big show a year ago about respecting the voice of the American people in this process", said Sen.

Grassley said the committee plans to vote April 3, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he's confident Gorsuch will be confirmed before a mid-April Senate recess.

"I need to know that you understand the role of the courts in protecting the rights of all Americans, Leahy said". Democratic groups are pushing senators to not confirm Gorsuch, pointing to problematic rulings and demanding that the Democrats stand in unity against the nominee. But Senate Democrats have appeared divided on their strategy, with any delay tactics potentially risking a change to the Senate rules by Republicans that would decrease the influence that the minority party has on future Supreme Court nominations. 'Now it concerns me that a man who is being considered for our highest court holds views that discounts the worth of working females'. They describe Gorsuch as thoughtful, considerate and fair-minded. But as that vote - with the 60-vote threshold - is technically a procedural vote, some Democrats may be tempted to vote in favor of it as a compromise and not risk being labeled an obstructionist.