I’ll Say It Again.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-03-23 18:27:31
Dear Friend, This week, the Senate weighs an important question: Is Judge Neil Gorsuch the right man to serve on the United States Supreme Court? The answer, as has become abundantly clear over the course of his hearing, is a resounding yes. Not only is Judge Gorsuch qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court; he is exactly the kind of Justice America needs right now. This is the message I have repeated time and time again since the day he was nominated.   Following Judge Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearings, I shared some of my thoughts about his nomination. In Judge Gorsuch, we have a man of impeccable integrity with a proven record of legal excellence. We have an outstanding jurist dedicated to upholding the rule of law and defending the sacred principles of our Constitution. And we have someone who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to applying the law made by the people, not imposing his own views from the bench. These qualities align with the Founder’s vision of a good judge, making him a worthy successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Even many Democrats agree: Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional nominee. Indeed, in all my years of public service, I have never seen a candidate more superlatively qualified to serve on the Supreme Court than Judge Gorsuch. His academic resume is peerless; his legal credentials beyond reproach. But what truly sets Judge Gorsuch apart is his solemn understanding of a judge’s proper role under our Constitution. Perhaps more than any nominee who has come before the Senate, Gorsuch understands that a judge’s foremost duty is to say what the law is—not what he wants it to be. As a Supreme Court Justice, he will lead by example to rein in a runaway judiciary that, in recent years, has come to more closely resemble a lawmaking body accountable to no one, rather than a court of law. Today, many judges have overstepped the bounds of the very Constitution they swore to protect. Not content with merely interpreting the law, these misguided individuals have sought to reinvent it out of whole cloth, using their judicial platform as a bully pulpit to impose their own policy preferences.
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Dear Friend,

This week, the Senate weighs an important question: Is Judge Neil Gorsuch the right man to serve on the United States Supreme Court?

The answer, as has become abundantly clear over the course of his hearing, is a resounding yes. Not only is Judge Gorsuch qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court; he is exactly the kind of Justice America needs right now. This is the message I have repeated time and time again since the day he was nominated.

 

In Judge Gorsuch, we have a man of impeccable integrity with a proven record of legal excellence. We have an outstanding jurist dedicated to upholding the rule of law and defending the sacred principles of our Constitution. And we have someone who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to applying the law made by the people, not imposing his own views from the bench. These qualities align with the Founder’s vision of a good judge, making him a worthy successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Even many Democrats agree: Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional nominee. Indeed, in all my years of public service, I have never seen a candidate more superlatively qualified to serve on the Supreme Court than Judge Gorsuch. His academic resume is peerless; his legal credentials beyond reproach. But what truly sets Judge Gorsuch apart is his solemn understanding of a judge’s proper role under our Constitution.

Perhaps more than any nominee who has come before the Senate, Gorsuch understands that a judge’s foremost duty is to say what the law is—not what he wants it to be. As a Supreme Court Justice, he will lead by example to rein in a runaway judiciary that, in recent years, has come to more closely resemble a lawmaking body accountable to no one, rather than a court of law.

Today, many judges have overstepped the bounds of the very Constitution they swore to protect. Not content with merely interpreting the law, these misguided individuals have sought to reinvent it out of whole cloth, using their judicial platform as a bully pulpit to impose their own policy preferences.

In the hearing I questioned Judge Gorsuch on the proper role of a judge.  His answer will blow you away.

Many on the federal bench have behaved more like partisan legislators than impartial judges. But not Judge Gorsuch. In the decade he has spent as a judge, he has demonstrated nothing but loyalty to the law as written. He clearly understands that the authority to make laws rests solely with the people’s duly elected representatives—not with unelected judges. As a Supreme Court Justice, he will honor our Constitution and restore power to the people by robustly exercising his judicial authority but never exceeding it.

I am convinced that if all judicial nominees were like Judge Gorsuch, our democracy would be unshakeable in the face of tyranny. That’s why I have dedicated the last two months to make the case for Judge Gorsuch to the American people. In addition to seven Senate floor speeches, I have written nine op-eds voicing my strong support for Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation:

  • The week of Gorsuch’s nomination, I laid out in detail the kind of Justice America needs in op-eds for the Deseret News and in the Washington Post.
  • After the President announced Gorsuch’s nomination, I explained in the Salt Lake Tribune how Judge Gorsuch will carry on the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • On FoxNews.com , I published an op-ed urging my Senate colleagues to act quickly to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • On SCOTUSblog , I reviewed Judge Gorsuch’s sterling record on the federal bench and explained how his nomination will strengthen the separation of powers.
  • In RealClearPolitics and in the Daily Herald, I argued that Judge Gorsuch is the perfect Justice for this particular moment in American history. 
  • In the National Review , I outlined the importance of impartial judges in our system of limited self-government.
  • And in USA Today , I told Americans what they could expect to see in Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing.

During this week’s confirmation hearing, I had the opportunity to ask Judge Gorsuch a series of questions about his judicial philosophy and his views of the Constitution. Our dialogue confirmed what I have been saying all along: Judge Gorsuch is an extraordinary jurist who is uniquely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. 

My colleagues and I have been able to review Judge Gorsuch’s record and qualifications in full; now is the time to confirm him without delay.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

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