Sen. Claire McCaskill Says No to Neil Gorsuch.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO.) announced Friday that she will vote “no” for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
In a statement posted to Medium, the Senator has this to say.
“While I have come to the conclusion that I can’t support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court – and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation — I remain very worried about our polarized politics and what the future will bring, since I’m certain we will have a Senate rule change that will usher in more extreme judges in the future.”
The GOP had hoped to persuade McCaskill and other Democratic senators to help break a filibuster to advance Gorsuch’s nomination. Senate rules currently require 60 votes. Republicans only hold 52 seats and therefore need 8 additional votes from the other side of the aisle. So far, only Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV.) have said they’ll back Gorsuch. The current breakdown on how Senators plan to vote can be found here.