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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Blasts Senate Democrats For Obstructing Gorsuch Confirmation

April 5, 2017
Press Release
Donovan says Senate Democrats putting party before country

Washington, DC – April 5, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a former prosecutor, today blasted Senate Democrats for obstructing Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation for the Supreme Court.

Donovan said, “Let’s call this what it is: a sickening display of party loyalty over the best interests of the country. Neil Gorsuch is eminently qualified and firmly in the mainstream. He has the lowest rate of other judges dissenting from his opinions on the 10th Circuit. If Senate Democrats refuse to confirm this man, who would they confirm? I understand they may be frustrated because they didn’t get their pick last year, but the election is over. It’s time to govern.”

No Supreme Court justice has ever been denied a seat by a partisan filibuster. Gorsuch has impeccable credentials, and the American Bar Association (ABA) gave him their highest rating. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called the ABA’s appraisal the “gold standard” in measuring judicial appointments.

Last year, Donovan said Senate Republicans should move ahead with confirmation hearings to judge former President Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, on the merits.

Still, in 1992, then-Senator Joe Biden said in a speech on the Senate floor that “once the political season is underway…action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process. Otherwise, it seems to me, we will be in deep trouble as an institution.”

Donovan concluded, “For 250 years, our country has moved on after bitter elections. This obstruction is deeply unhealthy. Our Supreme Court needs nine justices, and the unprecedented theatrics on display to prevent that from happening because of who occupies the White House must end.”