Amy Klobuchar will join her fellow Minnesota senator in voting against U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Klobuchar announced she has major concerns about his judicial record on "critical issues," specifically naming rights for children with disabilities, campaign finance laws, and overall health and safety regulations.
"The Supreme Court makes decisions that affect the lives of people across the country," she said in the statement. "We need justices who understand that and will uphold the motto on the Supreme Court building — to help all Americans achieve 'equal justice under law.'"
With her announcement, that means both she and U.S. Sen. Al Franken will vote "No" on Gorsuch (assuming his confirmation gets to the full Senate, which is expected to happen in early April). Franken said earlier this week he won't vote for Gorsuch.
Klobuchar, a Democrat, got to question the Donald Trump-nominated Gorsuch last week during committee confirmation hearings – you can read about both days here and here. She seemed particularly interested in times he appeared to go against the overwhelming conclusion from multiple other judges, what she deemed a selective use of originalist principles when interpreting the U.S. Constitution, and his use of precedent in some cases but not others.
The Senate Judiciary Committee (which Klobuchar and Franken are both on) will hold a vote on Gorsuch April 3, 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 vote requirement to 50-plus.
Yeah, it’s complicated: We broke down the choices in a story earlier this year, if you want the details.