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If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes – a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees – the answer isn't to change the rules. It's to change the nominee.
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was unanimously rebuked today by the Supreme Court.
This is part of a continued, troubling pattern of Judge Gorsuch deciding against everyday Americans - even children who require special assistance at school.
The Trumpcare bill is not a health-care bill – it's a reduce-taxes-on-the-wealthy bill. Republicans should, once and for all, work with us to improve the Affordable Care Act and renounce repeal.
He's made a very poor impression on most, many of our members.
You can bet that if the shoe was on the other foot – and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI – that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances. It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big great grey cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency.
The Department of Justice and Trump administration must allow Director Comey's investigation to move forward without any interference, meddling, or political pressure of any kind whatsoever.
Judge Gorsuch may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show that he harbors a right-wing, pro-corporate special interest agenda.
I have deep, deep doubts about him and his judicial demeanor, and the fact that he appears to be a calm, erudite person is not the key issue here. There are lot of people like that. It's what goes into how he decides cases.
If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders … they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.
Democrats in Congress will emphatically oppose these cuts & urge our Republican colleagues to reject them as well.
It's really an issue that we feel strongly about in the Democratic Caucus.
Given the chance, I have no doubt he'll do it again on the Supreme Court.
We are on offense and united. They are on defense and divided, the opposite of what people would have predicted a month or two ago.
They probably have ideas that would make it worse.
Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people.
Trumpcare means higher costs for less health care. Plain and simple.
And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.
When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I've had in politics.
Who would have thought, one month into the fight over the ACA, it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are in disarray and pointing at one another like an Abbott and Costello show.
It definitely was extremely misleading to say the least.
Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country, the attorney general should resign.
There's nothing wrong with meeting with the Russian ambassador. If there was nothing wrong, why don't you just tell the truth? It was definitely extremely misleading to say the least.
There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russia by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections. These records are likely to be the subject of executive branch as well as congressional investigations and must be preserved.
The speech he gave was one of the most anti-immigrant speeches that we heard any president ever give.
There cannot be even the scintilla of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the land, because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country Attorney General Sessions should resign.
You can't be a Roosevelt conservationist if you sell off public lands.
The same time he's talking about medical research he's going to slash it. Education. He talked about the great issue of education. Same thing. His budget is going to slash education to smithereens.
President Trump's speech had an air of unreality because what he said tonight was so different than how he has governed in the first 40 days.
We chose him because in Kentucky, a very conservative state, ACA has been a big success. Everyone's for it. The governor, coming from the heartland of America, also talked about how Donald Trump is breaking his word to the American people.
I mean, the immigrant community is rightfully scared of what President Trump has done. His executive order goes far beyond anything that anyone proposed. People are cowering.
The odds are very high we will keep ACA. It will not be repealed.
It is clear from this budget blueprint that President Trump fully intends to break his promises to working families by taking a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle class. A cut this steep almost certainly means cuts to agencies that protect consumers from Wall Street excess and protect clean air and water.
This is not even close to a normal Cabinet. I have never seen a Cabinet this full of bankers and billionaires, folks with massive conflicts of interest and such little experience or expertise in the areas they will oversee.
This isn't a replacement, it's a recipe for disaster.
We'll have to wait and see what happens. I hope they won't jam up the supplemental (spending bill) with poison pills.
Emails! Remember emails? 'We should get them out!' they said about Hillary Clinton. ... If they weren't worried about them, then why rush?
There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the vice president and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security because he was subject to blackmail.
When the FBI looks into a matter, they do so alongside prosecutors from the Justice Department. Those prosecutors should not be reporting to the first senator who endorsed Donald Trump's campaign.
Was General Flynn directed or authorised to do what he did? What was the extent of his conversations and contacts with Russia? Why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media?
President Trump ought to see the handwriting on the wall that his executive order is unconstitutional. He should abandon this proposal, roll up his sleeves and come up with a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe.
I said to him, You have an obligation to publicly condemn the actions of President Trump.' He said, Well, I'm disheartened by them. To whisper to a senator behind closed doors that he's disheartened without condemning, without making a public statement is not close to enough.
If I were a prosecutor, I'd say this case has real potential.
I certainly hope that this anti-free-speech attitude is not traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue to our great chamber. This is not what America is about – silencing speech, especially in this chamber.
It's totally uncalled for.
The bar for a Supreme Court nominee to prove they can be independent has never, never been higher.
Sessions "is probably the most anti-immigrant member of this body, Democrat or Republican. And many of us on this side believe immigrants are an asset to America, not a liability.
His ability to be an independent check will be front and center throughout the confirmation process.
Our values are what matters to us. These Cabinet nominees almost to a person, many of them, certainly the big eight, are against our values.
This Supreme Court will be tried in ways that few courts have been tested since the earliest days of the Republic.
We're not going to do what the Republicans did, but if the candidate is out of the mainstream, I can tell you I will fight and my caucus will fight tooth and nail against them.
The Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee, a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees. The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans. Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch's ability to meet this standard.
The answer should not be to change the rules of the Senate, but to change the nominee to someone who can earn 60 votes. Sixty votes produces a mainstream candidate.
This is a blanket ban. It hurts innocent people and doesn't stop terrorism. It's just appalling.
What we are talking about here is life and death for so many people. I will not rest until these horrible orders are repealed.
Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon.
This decision could have damaging implications? for communities across New York state and the country, from delaying testing for lead in schools to restricting efforts to keep drinking water clean to holding up much-needed funding to revitalize toxic brownfield sites.
Mr. President: if you really want to put America first, label China a currency manipulator.
It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support, that we could support.
Senate Democrats are walking the walk on repairing and rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure. We ask President Trump to support this common sense, comprehensive approach.
We will not support tax credits for developers.
Ultimately, this proposal is an empty facade that would create chaos – not care – for millions of Americans.
There are so many of these nominees that have different views than what the president-elect, now the president, campaigned on that of course there should be scrutiny. Now will we win some of these fights? Possibly. That's why we have a debate.
If I were the Republicans, of course I'd want to ram a cabinet like this through. I'm embarrassed by it.
But where our values are different we're going to oppose him, whether it's the Affordable Care Act or rolling back the limitations of Wall Street or clean air or clean water. It's our values that will decide things, plain and simple.
We're not going to oppose something because the name Trump is on it, as they did.
We look forward to beginning a debate on Congressman Pompeo in the hopes that he can also receive a quick vote.
It depends what you mean by momentarily.
Never before has the Senate considered such an ethically challenged slate of nominees for key Cabinet positions.
The "American people and Senate Democrats are not going to stand for it.
When other previous Cabinet nominees failed to pay their fair share in taxes, Senate Republicans forced those nominees to withdraw from consideration. If failure to pay taxes was disqualifying for Democratic nominees, then the same should be true for Republican nominees.
This isn't a witch hunt. These are serious and disquieting allegations.
The President-elect claims he wants to drain the swamp, but Congressman Price has spent his career filling it up.
We're willing to look at making it better, but we sure as hell ain't gonna repeal it – and we're certainly not gonna repeal it when our [Republican] friends there don't even have a plan to replace it with.
In the past, Sen. Sessions has been no friend of the Voting Rights Act. And the attorney general is the protector of the Voting Rights Act.
Bear in mind President-elect Trump's nominees pose particularly difficult ethics and conflict-of-interest challenges. They come from enormous wealth, many have vast holdings and stocks, and very few have experience in government.
Jamming all these hearings into one or two days, making members run from committee to committee, makes no sense. It is only fair that they are given a thorough and thoughtful vetting.
He has been more anti-immigration than just about any other single member of Congress.
I am not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process.
Rather than ensuring that nominees are thoroughly vetted and will remove themselves from conflicts of interests, Senate Republicans are trying to ram them through as quickly as possible.
The proposed resolution does not bring us any closer to the goal of a two-state solution. Peace must come from direct negotiations between the two parties.
They're now responsible for the entire health care system; all the problems in the health care system are going to be on their back.
We are united in our opposition to these Republican attempts to Make America Sick Again.
Republicans should stop clowning around with America's health care. Don't #MakeAmericaSickAgain.
We don't know if he broke the law. But there is certainly enough serious questions to warrant a serious investigation.
This is not a time for calling names.
It would make America sick again and lead to chaos instead of affordable care.
They're repealing, we're not. It's their obligation to come up with a replacement.
My worry is, with the hard right running the show, that the likelihood of the nominee being mainstream is decreasing every day. You know it when you see it.
We have said that we will oppose nominees who are out of the mainstream, plain and simple. We haven't talked about hearings, we haven't talked about any of these other issues.
Republicans will soon learn that you can't keep the good parts of the ACA and remove the rest of the law and still have it work. That's what they're struggling with. That's why they're not getting anywhere. What they would do would throw the entire insurance marketplace into chaos, plain repeal.
The Republican plan to cut health care wouldn't make America great again, it would make America sick again.
You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back at you.
We'll fight him tooth and nail when he appeals to the baser instincts that diminish America and its greatness.
We don't want this investigation to be political like the Benghazi investigation. We don't want it to just be finger pointing at one person or another.
The fact that they're hacking our political system and trying to influence the outcome, as it seems to be, that is serious, serious stuff.
He'll be questioned thoroughly, should he be the nominee, and all of these allegations and talks about his closeness with Putin will come forward.
This issue should not and must not turn into a political football.
It's imperative that our intelligence community turns over any relevant information so that Congress can conduct a full investigation.
The president elect ran on a campaign with explicit direct promises to coal country, and he won coal country big, that's for sure. So we are simply asking our president-elect, to communicate to the people in his party, to get on board, live up to the promise we made the miners many years, decades ago.
We had no intention of shutting down the government.
Turning the Labor Department over to someone who opposes an increase in the minimum wage, opposes the overtime rule that would raise middle class wages, and whose businesses have repeatedly violated labor laws might be the surest sign yet that the next cabinet will be looking out for the billionaires and special interests, instead of America's working class.
We're beginning to see the fault line emerge, the divisions that will dominate Washington. Only this time, instead of the fault lines falling between Democrats and Republicans, they're falling between the president and his own party.
Speaker Ryan has pushed to privatize Medicare for years and the President-elect has nominated a champion of that effort. The people who are genuinely and rightly scared are millions of American seniors who don't believe privatization of Medicare will be in their interest.
It's clear that Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year. Every senior, every American should hear this loudly and clearly: Democrats will not let them win that fight. We say to our Republicans that want to privatize Medicare, go try it, make our day.
Every senator is now going to have to say, whether they're for terrorists getting guns or against terrorists getting guns.
He is going to meet with the NRA. ... What's he going to come out saying? 'Oh the NRA and I agreed we shouldn't have terrorists have guns,' but doing nothing about it.
The only way to slam the door on inversions for good is to pass tough, strong legislation and reform our tax laws.
These regulations will make potential inverters and foreign acquirers think twice before making the leap, and those bad actors should be on notice that we intend to clamp down even further.
There is no excuse for a backhoe being on the track that a train, that a live train was running on.
As someone who lives in New York who has experienced the horrors of terrorism close up and personal, the idea of having someone on the Supreme Court who understands those issues, as well as their horrible human effect, is very comforting.
It's crystal clear after talking to him that Judge Garland has both a brilliant legal mind and a heart of gold.
That's a great slogan. Maybe he'll change.
Doesn't that say a lot. it says something about what people think he'll be as president.
She persuaded her husband to support the Brady Law, and their advocacy was instrumental in helping us pass it.
One of the most vexing things when you travel on an airplane is there's almost no legroom on your standard flight. There's been constant shrinkage by the airlines.
The House bill is better than nothing, but it's not good enough. We absolutely must close the loophole that allows anyone to legally make a gun that could be rendered invisible by the easy removal of its metal part. Under current law, it is legal to make a plastic gun so long as it has some metal in it, even if it is easily removable. The bill we'll try to pass in the Senate would fix that.
A terrorist, someone who is mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage.
We will take this money back by taxing virtually all of it. So, let the recipients of these large and unseemly bonuses be warned: If you don't return it on your own, we will do it for you.
You know, it's easy to quibble over details, but when you hear that 596,000 jobs were lost in one month, the time is to act. The time is to move. The time is to create jobs, not have partisan fighting, and that is what we did here today.
Democrats are not lined up as a unit to try and block every nominee that the president puts forward, but if it's a nominee who is considerably out of the main stream, we will have no choice but to try and block that nominee on the floor, but we hope and pray it's not that type of nominee.
It is vital that Judge Roberts answer a wide range of questions openly, honestly and fully in the coming months. His views will affect a generation of Americans and it is his obligation during the nomination process to let the American people know those views.