BigNews.Biz - Apr 07,2017 - A Return to Historical Precedent
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley made the following statement regarding the vote to return to historical precedent to confirm Supreme Court nominees by a simple majority vote margin after Senate Democrats performed the first successful partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in the history of the United States.
“Like 2013, Democrats broke new ground again by conducting a partisan filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Republicans aren’t the ones breaking new ground here. As a matter of fact, the Democrat’s own Vice Presidential nominee last year emphatically promised that the Democrats would further change the rules to make sure an expected ‘President Clinton’s’ nominees couldn’t be filibustered.
“So, at the end of the day, when Democrats insisted on a filibuster, Republicans insisted on following the practice senators have followed for more than 200 years.
“And that practice is this: we don’t conduct partisan filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. And we’re certainly not going to start with this highly qualified nominee to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.”
Here’s Grassley’s floor statement on how we got here given on Wednesday, April 5.
Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
On the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Serve
as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
“How We Got Here”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
We’re continuing to debate the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
My colleagues on both sides of the aisle have said that this is an important moment for the Senate. I couldn’t agree more.
I think it’s important to reflect on why we’re here and how we got here.
Before I turn to the Supreme Court and the current debate, let me take a couple minutes to talk about lower court nominees, and provide a little bit of history and context, especially for the benefit of some of the Senators who weren’t here.
Let me start by going back to the spring of 2001. President George W. Bush had just been elected President.
As we all know, it was a close election, and it was hard fought.
The Senate was closely divided, with the Republicans in control.
Given how close the Presidential election was, there were elements of the hard left who refused to accept the results of the election.
Some blamed Ralph Nader.
Others blamed Governor Jeb Bush.
And others blamed the Supreme Court.
Many on the hard left claimed that President George W. Bush wasn’t a “legitimate” President. Liberal interest groups were egging on the Democratic Leadership to fight the new President at every turn.
At the time, one major concern for the hard left liberal interest groups was that President Bush, whom they claimed wasn’t legitimate, would be able to nominate conservative judges.