March 30, 2017

Cortez Masto Announces Opposition to Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Cortez Masto will vote ‘no’ on both cloture and confirmation

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing that she will vote against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination: 

“Our nation’s highest court requires a judge with an independent legal mind who will uphold our constitution and the separation of powers. Now more than ever, we cannot afford a Justice who will act as a rubberstamp to President Trump’s extreme agenda.  I supported full consideration of Judge Gorsuch to ensure the American people were able to fully evaluate his record – adhering to my duties as a senator to provide advise and consent. I read his Tenth Circuit opinions and dissents, reviewed his private practice cases, watched his confirmation hearings closely, and requested a one on one meeting with him. Unfortunately, after requesting a meeting with the Judge for several weeks, he has refused to honor this request. The U.S. Constitution has entrusted the Senate with the role of advising the President on the highest court of the land and in refusing to meet with me, he has disrespected our nation’s founding principles and pillars core to our democratic institutions.

“While Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications are impressive, I remain concerned that his narrow view of the law will hurt the most vulnerable amongst us.  I am not confident that Judge Gorsuch understands how his decisions will impact workers, immigrants, women’s health and economic security, disabled Americans, and the everyday Nevadans that I am here fighting for. The next justice will make decisions that will have serious reverberations throughout the country for generations to come from a worker’s right to organize to a woman’s right to choose.  That is why I believe that a nominee of such importance should gain 60 votes to be confirmed. 

“With so many important issues before the court that will impact millions of everyday Americans and, after reviewing his record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I cannot support Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation.”