Donnelly Says He’ll Vote Gorsuch For U. S. Supreme Court



Evansville (WEHT/NNDC) – Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D-South Bend) has announced his intentions to support Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

In a statement, Sen. Donnelly said, “After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of his record, and closely following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers.”

Sen. Donnelly is now the third Democrat to pledge a vote to confirm Gorsuch. Donnelly joins Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

“I was deeply disappointed by the way the most recent Supreme Court nominee, Judge Garland, was treated by the Senate, but as a Senator, I can only vote on the nominee that comes to the Senate floor,” Donnelly said. “However, I believe that we should keep the current 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees.”

Republicans will need at least five more Senate Democrats to vote for cloture in order to end a potential filibuster of Gorsuch’s confirmation vote.

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Gorsuch will be confirmed one way or another by Friday.

Last month, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed to carry out a filibuster of Gorsuch.

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