Democrats have brought up Judge Merrick Garland's treatment throughout the confirmation hearings of President Trump's pick, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
With Carper and other Democrats threatening to do anything in their power to block Gorsuch - possibly employing a filibuster to keep him locked out - Republicans are threatening to unleash the "nuclear option".
And he defended Democratic plans to filibuster Gorsuch, even though that step has very rarely been used against Supreme Court nominees.
Manchin, who has worked closely with Trump, said of Trump's selection, "I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court justice". Republicans need the support of six more Democrats to avoid a filibuster.
Before the march, Jory Miller, a college student and disabled Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, spoke against Gorsuch and after his speech said "If you're going to send us to countries to spread democracy, I think we should at least spread it here".
"He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well respected jurist who understands the rule of law", according to a news release from Heitkamp Thursday, March 30, explaining why she made a decision to vote in favor of Gorsuch's confirmation. You've got to have Democrats who agree not to support Judge Gorsuch, but simply to end the filibuster. He said that as a lawyer he would not want to practice before a judge prejudiced against his client.
Judge Neil Gorsuch, with his wife, Louise, and President Donald Trump, addresses the media after being nominated to the Supreme Court, in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday evening. They pushed through a rules change lowering the vote threshold on all nominees except for the Supreme Court from 60 to a simple majority. She and nine other Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 represent states that Trump won in November, some of them decisively.
James Nelson, a former Montana Supreme Court justice who is now on the board of the anti-Citizens United group Free Speech for People, said he sees Gorsuch as an "Antonin Scalia wannabe" who will support "dark money" in politics.
This tit-for-tat escalation that has been mounting since the day Obama took office should end with the Gorsuch vote, and the party that blinks first will be the victor in the eyes of history.
"It is obviously a really hard situation", McCaskill told reporters.
Steen: We have had a vacancy on the Supreme Court for more than a year now since Justice Scalia died. In 2013, Democrats were in the majority under the leadership of Sen.
"Democrats who consider themselves moderates should not join the left wing in waging a filibuster", Capito spokeswoman Amy Graham said in an email Thursday.