How would you feel if your boss changed the rules of how people were hired in your workplace, just so he could hire a guy who’d always agree with him? That shouldn’t ever happen in any public service career, and it certainly shouldn’t happen in a Supreme Court appointment.
Supreme Court nominees need 60 votes to be confirmed to the Senate. That’s how every justice who has ever served a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land has gotten the job in the modern era.
But as we speak, Senate leaders are attempting to change the rules so that Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, would only need 51 votes for confirmation.
This attempt to ram through a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court without meeting the 60-vote threshold is unprecedented.
The next justice will shape the law and make decisions that affect our families and livelihoods for generations to come. If the Senate can’t reach consensus on a Supreme Court nomination, change the nominee, not the rules.
We oppose Gorsuch for many reasons, not the least of which is his troubling record of ruling against working people. Go here to learn why he’s the wrong choice for the Supreme Court.