President Donald Trump has nominated a federal appellate judge to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and a Nebraska senator sees a big fight ahead.
Sen. Deb Fischer sees a bruising confirmation process ahead for Judge Neil Gorsuch.
“Yes, I really do,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters in a conference call. “You can see that all of the president’s nominees are being asked a lot of questions, more questions than usual for nominees.”
Fischer points out Democrats in the U.S. Senate have used a number of stalling tactics to drastically slow down the work on the Senate floor.
“So that’s laid really the groundwork, I think, for a bruising confirmation process for this fine judge that we’ll be taking up,” Fischer says.
Both Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse have reacted favorably to the nomination of Gorsuch.
Trump has nominated Gorsuch to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Republicans in the United States Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland, preferring to wait until after the presidential election.
Gorsuch has served on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York tipped his hand to the difficult nomination process awaiting Gorsuch, issuing a statement in which he said he had “very serious doubts” about whether Gorsuch fell within the legal mainstream and could protect the Constitution from potential abuses of power by the executive branch.
“Make no mistake, Senate Democrats will not simply allow but require an exhaustive, robust, and comprehensive debate on Judge Gorsuch’s fitness to be a Supreme Court Justice,” Schumer said in the statement.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]