Hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neal Gorsuch set for March 20th

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., may have shared a few laughs on Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but he walked away with concerns about the judge's candidacy for the high court. Chuck Grassley announced today.

Just a day earlier, 39 of Gorsuch's former law clerks sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee hailing him as "an extraordinary judge", who has "impeccable" qualifications, the newspaper reported.

Questioning of Gorsuch will begin Tuesday, March 21, with testimony by outside legal experts and the American Bar Association to follow, according to a release by the influential Iowa senator. "He's a mainstream judge".

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"President Trump's decision to give in to their demand and choose from only their list of nominees was unprecedented", Casey said, in a written statement. "He is well-qualified and respected", Grassley said. He worked diligently to return the bipartisan questionnaire. "It's time for him to have the opportunity to speak for himself before the Judiciary Committee".

With his confirmation hearing scheduled for March 20, Gorsuch on Thursday continued to make the rounds on Capitol Hill meeting with Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

It's the duty of senators like Jon Tester to take seriously their constitutional obligations and fully evaluate the record and fitness of the president's judicial nominees, who serve lifetime appointments that could affect generations to come; that record shows that Gorsuch is the wrong choice for the Supreme Court. While Republicans have cheered Trump for picking Gorsuch, Democrats have voiced significant skepticism. The Supreme Court has had only eight judges for more than a year. Schumer also rebuked a potential tactic that Senate Republicans could use called the "nuclear option", which would allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple 51-vote majority.