How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

But for the vast majority of American history, nominees for nation's highest court effectively needed at least 60 votes, which often required some bipartisan support for the president's pick.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes. The stakes are enormous, and advocacy groups that don't have to unveil their donors are spending heavily to shape the fight.

They're all up for re-election in 2018 in states that voted strongly for Donald Trump in 2016, and it's not clear yet how they'll vote for the president's second Supreme Court nominee, especially given that this next justice, unlike Gorsuch, will change the balance of the court.

The president will make the announcement about his pick at 9 from the White House Monday night.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen.

Also noteworthy: Republicans now hold more seats in state legislatures across the country, so if the last decade is any indication, new pro-life laws could be on the way.

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Now, mindful that moderate Maine GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins feel the nominee is too conservative, particularly on abortion rights. The group already has created a web video warning of Trump's pick, and is already running spots in ME and Alaska focusing on Roe v. Wade. Sen.

A number of those state laws are already facing court challenges, which would likely become the mechanism that puts abortion back on the Supreme Court docket. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Sen. As a result, the Republicans were later able to block Mr. Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland after Mr. Scalia died in 2017, and can now proceed with a vote on the Trump nominee with only 50 votes in hand rather than 60. Whatever they decide will upset a large group of voters in their home states. Thus the Democrats now reap what they sowed, and are at an enormous disadvantage as this vital vote approaches. Last year, he had now-Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch sneak into the White House and hide in the Lincoln Bedroom before announcing the pick from the East Room, with Gorsuch and his wife entering from an anteroom door.

They want him to fight to restore the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominations, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: Trump's Supreme Court picks "all winners" Trump says he's close to making final Supreme Court decision An end game on Supreme Court nominations MORE (R-Ky.) previous year eliminated in favor of a simple majority threshold.

Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus. While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told reporters that senators "need to be examining their conscience and their moral maps and stand with us". The two are scheduled to have a private lunch meeting. But a woman's right to choose may be at the center of the Senate's confirmation hearings. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NPR's Morning Edition. When the announcement is made, the campaign will kick off. He has ruled against voting rights. Conservative and liberal interest groups are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity. Gorsuch, Trump's first pick, is 50.

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