Franken's a definite 'No' on Neil Gorsuch

Al Franken, not a fan of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice.

Al Franken is going to vote no on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The senator said Monday he is worried about Gorsuch's track record on corporate accountability, workers’ rights and women’s health. And because of that, if Gorsuch were confirmed, it would guarantee the Supreme Court favors "powerful interests over the rights of average Americans," Franken said in an email statement.

"If given a spot on the Court, he will pursue an ideology that I believe has already infected the bench—an ideology that backs big business over individual Americans," Franken continued.

Franken got to questions Gorsuch last week during committee confirmation hearings – you can read about both days here and here.

The senator also brought up Merrick Garland, the judge former President Barack Obama nominated for the open SCOTUS seat last spring. Garland never had confirmation hearings, much less a vote from the Senate, as Republicans argued it was too late in Obama's term, and the next president should get to pick the nominee. Garland was viewed as a centrist, moderate selection.

"Judge Gorsuch is not a consensus nominee like Merrick Garland and he should not be confirmed," Franken said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a vote on Gorsuch April 3, after taking action Monday to delay the vote, NBC News reports. Assuming he gets OK'd by the committee, the full Senate would likely vote the next day.

What will happen there isn't clear– 60 votes are needed for a straightforward confirmation, but Republicans only have 52 seats. That means they'd need eight Democrats to vote in favor of Gorsuch. Otherwise, the GOP could go to the "nuclear option" to lower the votes needed to 50.

Yeah, it's complicated: We broke down the choices in a story earlier this year, if you want the details.

How about Klobuchar?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar hasn't publicly said which way she'll vote, but according to the Star Tribune will announce later this week.

Like Franken, she's on the Senate Judiciary Committee and got to question Gorsuch. You can read recaps here and here.

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