Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Works His Way Through Senate Hearings
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SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch is set to face day three of his confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Neil Gorsuch completed 10 hours of questioning from the committee during day two.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is comprised of 20 senators from around the country. Of these, 11 members are of the majority party, while nine members are of the minority party. This ratio is based on the ratio of the Senate.
Throughout the course of day two, senators on the committee asked Judge Neil Gorsuch questions regarding his duties as a judge. These duties, according to the law, include interpreting the law of the land and being impartial decision makers in the pursuit of justice.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California hammered down questions to Judge Neil Gorsuch on the 2nd Amendment. Gorsuch flawlessly answered, “It’s not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. It’s a matter of it being the law.” This answer set the tone for the rest of the hearing. Judge Neil Gorsuch is consistent on following and interpreting the law while setting aside his personal beliefs and outside forces. In other words, Gorsuch is set to execute his job as a Supreme Court Justice by following his constitutional obligation to serve as a key piece to the judicial branch.
As day two of the committee hearings came to a close, both Senator Ben Sasse and Senator Jeff Flake lightened the mood of the hearing by asking questions on behalf their families. Sasse’s wife asked, “How in the world is Gorsuch supposed to go so many hours without peeing?” While Flake’s son asked, “Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or one horse sized duck?” Flake’s son’s question added quite the comic relief and left Gorsuch at a loss for words.
This process continues today with further questioning from the committee and tomorrow with testimonies from outside witnesses. The confirmation hearing process lasts anywhere from three to five days.