In 2013, when Democrats were in the majority they changed the rules so that federal judges could be confirmed with a simple majority vote, but they maintained the long-standing requirement that Supreme Court picks would first need 60 votes to move their confirmation forward without the threat of a filibuster.
But most of Monday will be taken up by the opening statements of the committee's 11 Republican senators and nine Democratic senators as they lay out the case for and against Gorsuch's confirmation. His appointment was blocked by Republicans.
President Trump vowed that his nominee would not only be pro-life, but would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.
"I look forward to having Neil Gorsuch, one of our own from the great state of Colorado, as the next Supreme Court Justice", Elway concluded.
"In my decade on the bench, I have tried to treat all who come to court fairly and with respect".
"I just want to say that I'm deeply disappointed that under these circumstances that we begin our hearing", said Feinstein, who raised questions about Gorsuch's positons on such issues as abortion and Second Amendment rights. "For the truth is, a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is probably a pretty bad judge, stretching for the policy results he prefers rather than those the law compels".
Gorsuch will deliver an opening statement last on Monday, and then senators will start questioning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee's senior Democrat, told Reuters, "w$3 hat we would like to see is an independent judge, and the hearing will determine that".
Gorsuch's entry to the committee room caused a lighthearted moment because there was such a din of shutter clicks from media photographers that the 49-year-old appeals court judge couldn't keep a straight face as he sat down at the witness table.
Any perceived ties to Trump's presidency, even if privately supported, are touchy turf these days for sports figures. Of course, this isn't how anyone thought things would play out exactly one year ago, when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Antonin Scalia.
If Sisk is correct, Gorsuch's advice could run afoul of anti-discrimination laws that prohibit prospective employers from making hiring decisions based on pregnancy or sex under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "I don't know what they have [on him]".
Gorsuch is expected to clear both votes, considering Republicans have the Senate majority.
"It would be shocking if Neil Gorsuch wasn't confirmed to the Supreme Court in the coming weeks", Tom Goldstein, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., who argues before the court and publishes the ScotusBlog website, said. Obama nominated appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, widely viewed as a moderate, to replace Scalia in March of past year.