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Bill Nelson Plans to Vote Against Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation to U.S. Supreme Court

March 27, 2017 - 2:45pm

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he won’t be voting in favor of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nelson announced Monday he would join the filibuster against Gorsuch and would also vote no on his confirmation. 

“Deciding whether to confirm a president's nominee for the highest court in the land is a responsibility I take very seriously,” Nelson said in a statement. “Over the past few weeks, I have met with Judge Gorsuch, listened to the Judiciary Committee's hearings and reviewed his record with an open mind.”

Nelson said he was apprehensive over some of Gorsuch’s positions on voting and on political donations.

“I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns,” he said. “In addition, the judge has consistently sided with corporations over employees, as in the case of a freezing truck driver who, contrary to common sense, Judge Gorsuch would have allowed to be fired for abandoning his disabled rig during extreme weather conditions.”

On Monday, Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were granted a one-week delay on the vote on Gorsuch’s nomination.

The vote will now be held April 3 at 10 a.m.

Following the Judiciary Committee meeting, the full Senate will then take up Gorsuch’s nomination. 

Despite holding a majority in the Senate, Republicans would need at least eight Democratic senators to vote in favor of Gorsuch to reach the 60-vote threshold.

Florida’s other senator, Marco Rubio, will take the opposite route and plans to vote in favor of Gorsuch’s confirmation.

“He is committed to the principles of original intent and judicial restraint,” Rubio wrote in an email to supporters. “This is critical, because too many in the federal judiciary today believe it is appropriate for judges to invent new policies and rights instead of interpreting and defending the Constitution as it is written."

Nelson, on the other hand, said he planned on voting “no” on Gorsuch.

"I will vote no on the motion to invoke cloture and, if that succeeds, I will vote no on his confirmation,” he said. 




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Senator Nelson, A brief note to remind you we, the Voters of Florida are paying attention. If you didn't notice, the voters of Florida went in a new direction with the last election and were adamantly in support of Donald J. Trump to become OUR PRESIDENT. We the Voters are also very much in support of President Trump's Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the next Sitting Member of the Supreme Court of the United States. It has come to our attention, you intend to become an obstacle to Judge Gorsuch's appointment and filibuster the Confirmation. I, as one of many will most certainly remember your position when it becomes your turn to seek a "Re-Appointment" in 2018. Your Filibuster will prolong, but will not stop the Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch, as the Nuclear Option was made available for use by your former colleague, the former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. However, you should remember, your participation in the filibuster could well end your return to the Senate in 2018. Regards, Susan Maguire

Excellent post.

Thank you for doing the right thing for your constituents. We need more people like you standing up for us instead of the big corporations I wish we had you in Texas.

I wish you had him also, good luck with that Always been Self Centered Punk....and disgrace to shuttle Program he turned his back on us shuttle workers when Obama cut the Program...he used space shuttle on his Glory Journey playing Astronaut on Shuttle.(he played he knew better than astronauts that worked years to become Space shuttle team to fly...I know I was in the launch crew around NELSON....he is 2 faced..Politican...

I will NEVER vote for you!!!! The true statesmen are FOR THE PEOPLE , not for themselves!

Sen. Nelson what has changed since you voted for him to be on the 10th Circuit Court? Sad that you have made this choice. It seems even against your values. Not my Senator

What has changed since you voted for him to be on the 10th circuit court indeed. What has changed? Some inconsistencies are understandable. But this one escapes me. I would like an explanation. What changed such that you changed your vote? Please offer an answer so that we can with good conscience support you. Thank you.

Nelson is a prime example of why we need TERM LIMITS!! 2 terms and done!!

I expect that Mr. Nelson is again afraid to go against his leadership, sad state of affairs when a man who has spent the better part of his life on taxpayers funds believes he knows best for our well being. This man has spent to much time in space (DC) without his helmet. This is the same Senator Nelson who refuses to meet with the people of Florida unless they completely agree with his Progressive ideas. He does not represent the people of Florida and a prime example of why the 17th Amendment to the Constitution should be repealed and again have our Senators appointed by our state legislators to protect the state ffom Federal Government intrusion as designed by our Founders. The Federal Government has only 18 enumerated powers and have grossly overstepped their limitations. Consider these numbers published by the Federal Government: 3.4 million employees, more than 270 Departments and Agencies, 400,000 buildings, 3.35 Billion square feet of office space and 81,640 Annual Pages of Regulations. I vote out of control!!

Paybacks are hell.

No surprise here! NELSON Is what he is.....a liberal hack "owned" by the Clintons and Soros.

What a waste of a senator. What has BN ever done in the senate to leave his mark other than wear a collar and a leash for his masters.

You were elected to represent the people in your district. It is not about you or your personal beliefs. A supreme court judge should follow and apply the law. Can you explain more fully why you are voting no on Gorusch?

Thank you Senator Nelson for your decision to not confirm Gorsuch. Republicans stole this seat by refusing to hold a hearing (let alone a vote!) for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s supremely well-qualified and moderate nominee. Gorsuch would have a trucker freeze to death to protect corporate property. Appalling!

Andy you think if it had been the other way around the crying spoiled Democrats would have done any different. Grow up and get over it. How can the Democrats vote 100% for him as a Federal Judge and then say he is not qualified now. Just like a bunch of kids. Grudges and revenge has not where in the government. I will remember when you come up for election that you did not vote for the Judge. Many others will too.

I guess we should all be grateful that Democrats as well as Republicans show their true colors on just how much they respect or disrespect the American voting public. Disgraceful. I recommend watching the Confirmation Hearings on C-Span so you can judge for yourself just how qualified the President's pics for high office are. Fabulous people including Judge Gorsuch being attacked by Democratic politicians who show their contempt for the American people in every question they pose to a candidate. If you are able to get Fox News, watch when the President speaks so you can hear his exact words before his words get filtered through the biased media. I can't see how any politician can claim he knows what his constituents want from their government when the media actively works to misinform the public. If the voting public isn't accessing the truth, their opinions are not valid. We are especially at a disadvantaged in Broward County. Hopefully, I can get less biased news by reading Sunshine. Thank you!

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