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The March to Filibuster: Schumer Calls on Dems to Block Gorsuch

Will Democrats fall in line? One potential swing vote already has and more could be on the way in the days and weeks to come…

Casey Filibuster Gorsuch

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to beseech his fellow Democrats to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court nominee the American Bar Association declared “well qualified.”

But that’s not really news. Who in Schumer’s caucus will fall in line?

One of those potential swing votes has already come out against the Colorado judge. Pennsylvania’s mild-mannered senator, Bob Casey (D-PA), also announced on a press call Thursday morning that he will oppose Gorsuch, both in an up-and-down vote and, as Schumer instructed, on a cloture vote.

“I don’t believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania and indeed across the country and I will not support his nomination,” Casey said.

It’s an bold move for Casey, whose home state Trump won in 2016. Casey’s Pennsylvania colleague, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), said he would vote to confirm Gorsuch.

Interestingly, in 2009 when he was campaigning for the Senate seat he now holds, Toomey said he would have voted in favor of President Obama’s nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.