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Sen. Cruz: Today We Are One Step Closer to Judge Neil Gorsuch Being Confirmed

Cruz Leads Effort to Confirm Judge Gorsuch as Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Advance His Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today defended the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, reiterating Republicans’ commitment to confirming him with or without Democrats’ support. He spoke both in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and in a press conference with GOP colleagues following the hearing. In his remarks, Sen. Cruz noted that Democrats’ efforts to filibuster the Gorsuch confirmation are not based on substance, but rather opposition to anyone the President would appoint.

Sen. Cruz’s full remarks at the press conference may be viewed here. His remarks from the Senate Judiciary Hearing may be viewed here.

“Today was a victory for the rule of law and also a moment of clarity. For those of us who value and cherish the Constitution and Bill of Rights, today is one step closer to Judge Neil Gorsuch being confirmed as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court. It was also a moment of clarity: in the process of the Supreme Court hearing, we saw Democratic Senators throw every fastball they could, use every attack they could and end up with no meaningful criticism of Judge Gorsuch’s record.

“We just saw a party line vote in the Judiciary Committee, where every Democrat voted no, not based on qualifications, not based on temperament – a decade ago no Democrat opposed his appointment to the Court of Appeals. What we saw is the modern Democratic party opposed to Donald Trump appointing anyone. If they will filibuster Neil Gorsuch, they will filibuster any nominee. If the Democrats persist in this foolish filibuster, the Senate majority will have no choice but return to the standard that has prevailed for over two centuries in the Senate, which is confirming Supreme Court justices by a majority vote. By the end of the week, I believe Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed as the next associate justice. That is a victory for the Constitution, for the Bill of Rights, for individual liberty, and for the American people.” 

Last week, Sen. Cruz participated in a press conference with Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. That event may be viewed here. Throughout the hearing process for Judge Gorsuch, he has presented arguments reiterating Judge Gorsuch’s exceptional qualifications and long record of defending the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, individual liberty, and the rule of law. Footage from previous hearings may be viewed here, here, and here.