Politics & Government

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida has made up his mind on Gorsuch

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch appears on Capitol Hill in Washington for his confirmation hearing this month before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch appears on Capitol Hill in Washington for his confirmation hearing this month before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday that he will vote against Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

“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. I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns. 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.

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

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York urged his colleagues last week to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.

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