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Companies may have a staunch ally on the U.S. Supreme Court if Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is confirmed, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who sees this as an argument against Gorsuch's confirmation.
Recently rated "well qualified" for the Supreme Court seat by the American Bar Association, Gorsuch easily was confirmed July 20, 2006, to serve on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a unanimous Senate vote. His confirmation for the Supreme Court will be much more contentious, however, with support and opposition emerging along political party lines.
Schumer Leads Opposition
Schumer has compared Gorsuch to Chief Justice John Roberts, calling Gorsuch's comments in a private meeting with Schumer as "eerily similar" to Roberts. Roberts tilted the court in favor of big business, Schumer wrote in an opinion column for The New York Times.
(The New York Times)
Bias Against Working Class?
Schumer held a news conference March 15 and indicated he is likely to vote against Gorsuch's confirmation. Joining him at the news conference were people who said that Gorsuch's rulings showed bias against working-class individuals.
Limits Placed on Leave
A news conference participant said that one of Gorsuch's rulings denied her mother extended sick leave from her university job. His ruling, which was a unanimous opinion on a three-judge panel, said that Kansas State University was not required by federal law to provide more than six months leave.
(The Washington Times)
Civil Rights Laws Viewed Narrowly
A review of Gorsuch's opinions indicates he tends to vote for defendants and interprets civil rights statutes narrowly.
Gorsuch's Nomination Hearing Is Soon
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Gorsuch on March 20. Schumer said, "I think many of my colleagues are skeptical but waiting for the hearings." Some Democrats are still smarting from the decision not to fill the vacancy last year with former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
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