(CNSNews.com) – This is day one of the confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I think it is 50-50 whether the Democrats filibuster,” Sen. Ted Cruz told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “They don't have any good arguments against Gorsuch, but they're furious that we are going to have a conservative nominated and confirmed.”
In a tweet on Sunday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, promised to oppose Gorsuch’s nomination “relentlessly” if Gorsuch doesn’t “reject Trump’s litmus test.”
(Blumenthal told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday that the Trump litmus test means his nominee "must overturn Roe v. Wade, strike down sensible measures against gun violence, and be of a distinctly conservative bent, which will affect worker safety and consumer protection.")
But on Sunday, Cruz predicted that Gorsuch will be confirmed. "He will either get 60 votes and be confirmed, or otherwise, whatever procedural steps are necessary, I believe, within a month or two, Neil Gorsuch will be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.”
Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he was “confident” that Gorsuch would get the 60 votes necessary for confirmation. But with only 52 Republicans in the Senate, Republicans could not break a Democrat filibuster, if there is one.
However, Republicans could change Senate rules to require only 51 votes to confirm Gorsuch – the so-called nuclear option. McConnell said whether or not that happens is up to Democrats.
“Mitch McConnell has said we will do whatever is necessary,” Cruz told “Face the Nation.” “A Democratic filibuster will not succeed. I agree with the leader.”