President Donald Trump nominated judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday to be a US Supreme Court Justice. Gorsuch’s nomination comes after Senate Republicans for 10 months refused to hold a hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The vacancy happened after Justice Antonin Scalia died.
Trump said that the majority of people who elected him did so based upon his promise to nominate a conservative for the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch said he looks forward to speaking to Senators from both parties as they consider whether to confirm him.
Video of entire event and reaction
Sen. Al Franken (DFL-MN)is be one of the Senators who will questioning Gorsuch at his Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. Franken says he has “severe concerns” about Gorsuch.
“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,” said Franken in a press release. “In the coming weeks, I will be closely examining Neil Gorsuch’s background, but I have serious concerns about his judicial philosophy—especially on issues like access to justice, corporate accountability, workers’ rights, and women’s health. I was hopeful that the President would have selected someone like Merrick Garland, a consensus candidate lauded by the same Republicans who ultimately refused to hold a hearing on him for nearly a year.”