Cornyn: Gorsuch a Mainstream, Qualified Nominee


In: All News   Posted 02/01/2017
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‘We've heard from the Democratic Leader that President Trump needed to appoint a mainstream nominee. Well, there is no doubt that if that's the litmus test for our friends on the other side of the aisle, that Judge Gorsuch meets that test.’ 

‘I hope our colleagues across the aisle will resist the temptation to obstruct and drag their feet when it comes to this important nomination. I hope they won't kowtow to some of the extreme factions in their own party.’ 

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“I couldn't be more pleased with his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Tenth Circuit. I can't imagine the President could have chosen a more qualified, more principled, or more mainstream pick for the job of Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”

“When he was confirmed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, he was confirmed by the Senate on a voice vote. In other words, he was essentially voted unanimously, including people like Senator Schumer, the Democratic Leader, who was here at the time, and others of our colleagues across the aisle. So I think it’s going to be really important for the American people, as they hear the inevitable criticism of this nomination, that they remember the Senators who were here at the time Judge Gorsuch was confirmed to the Tenth Circuit.” 

“Judge Gorsuch will honor the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, but even more importantly, he'll honor the United States Constitution and the unique role of our judiciary and our system of government.”

“We've heard from the Democratic Leader that President Trump needed to appoint a mainstream nominee. Well, there is no doubt that if that's the litmus test for our friends on the other side of the aisle, that Judge Gorsuch meets that test. He has the respect of even people who serve on the other side of him in litigation and people whose ideological views differ quite a bit.”

“I hope our colleagues across the aisle will resist the temptation to obstruct and drag their feet when it comes to this important nomination. I hope they won't kowtow to some of the extreme factions in their own party. They have repeatedly argued for the importance of having nine justices on the Supreme Court. And now that the American people have spoken, electing President Trump, and he's now announced his pick, they should honor that selection, and that pick is superb, the kind of nominee who was supported unanimously by Democrats in the past.”