The Durbin Report: Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling Record

The Durbin Report
2017-03-24 18:44:00
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> Fellow Illinoisan, This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings for President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. I grilled Judge Gorsuch on his dubious record on civil, human, and workers' rights, and asked him to cite specific examples to justify his claims that, as a judge, he's stood up for the rights of working people, minorities, women, and LGBTQ Americans. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15236.12463860.9124613.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww facebook.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fvideos%2f1289127027789634%2f&redir_log=2 46733573637392> Click here to watch me question President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15236.12463860.9124613.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww facebook.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fvideos%2f1289127027789634%2f&redir_log=2 46733573637392> I also pressed Judge Gorsuch to explain his efforts to preserve the legality of torture techniques like waterboarding, his questionable stance on maternity leave, his unfeeling and poorly-reasoned dissent in the case of truck driver Alphonse Maddin, who lost his job after refusing to stay with his broken trailer in life-threatening weather conditions, and his ruling in favor of corporations over people in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. During the hearing, the Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts, unanimously ruled that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' � the Court that Judge Gorsuch currently sits on - standard for what educational benefit a school is required to provide students with disabilities is inconsistent with the law. The timing of the decision was striking because the Court alone determines when it announces its rulings. Chief Justice Roberts' opinion specifically notes that "[w]hen all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing 'merely more than de minimis' progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all." According to the National Education Association's analysis of 10th Circuit jurisprudence in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) cases, Judge Gorsuch established the "merely... 'more than de minimis'" standard in a 2008 opinion. Thus far, Judge Gorsuch's answers to these critical questions have failed to address my serious concerns over his record. President Trump's Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, said that Judge Gorsuch "has the vision of Donald Trump." Make no mistake � when it comes to the treatment of workers, of women who have been victims of discrimination, of people of minority religious faiths, and of our Constitution, I personally do not believe America needs the vision of President Trump represented on the Supreme Court. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15236.12463860.9124613.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww facebook.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fvideos%2f1289127027789634%2f&redir_log=2 46733573637392> Sincerely, Dick Durbin United States Senator <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_foot er.PNG> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15236.12463860.9124613.7246002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. durbin.senate.gov%2fcontact%2fnewsletter%2funsubscribe&redir_log=0735230 51375425> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104212%250103-24-2017%2bSupreme%2bCourt%2bNo minee%2bJudge%2bNeil%2bGorsuch%2bHas%2ba%2bTroubling%2bRecord%250115236. 12463860.9124613.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%25 01%2501> Click here to forward this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx ard=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104212%250103-24-2017%2bSupreme%2bCourt%2bNomin ee%2bJudge%2bNeil%2bGorsuch%2bHas%2ba%2bTroubling%2bRecord%250115236.124 63860.9124613.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501% 2501> Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenDurbin%2501104212%250103-24-2017%2bSupreme%2bCourt%2bNominee%2bJudge %2bNeil%2bGorsuch%2bHas%2ba%2bTroubling%2bRecord%250115236.12463860.9124 613.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to comment on this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx y=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104212%250103-24-2017%2bSupreme%2bCourt%2bNominee %2bJudge%2bNeil%2bGorsuch%2bHas%2ba%2bTroubling%2bRecord%250115236.12463 860.9124613.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%25 01>

Fellow Illinoisan,

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. I grilled Judge Gorsuch on his dubious record on civil, human, and workers’ rights, and asked him to cite specific examples to justify his claims that, as a judge, he’s stood up for the rights of working people, minorities, women, and LGBTQ Americans.

Click here to watch me question President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch.

I also pressed Judge Gorsuch to explain his efforts to preserve the legality of torture techniques like waterboarding, his questionable stance on maternity leave, his unfeeling and poorly-reasoned dissent in the case of truck driver Alphonse Maddin, who lost his job after refusing to stay with his broken trailer in life-threatening weather conditions, and his ruling in favor of corporations over people in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius

During the hearing, the Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts, unanimously ruled that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals’ – the Court that Judge Gorsuch currently sits on - standard for what educational benefit a school is required to provide students with disabilities is inconsistent with the law. The timing of the decision was striking because the Court alone determines when it announces its rulings. Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion specifically notes that “[w]hen all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis’ progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all.” According to the National Education Association’s analysis of 10th Circuit jurisprudence in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) cases, Judge Gorsuch established the “merely... 'more than de minimis'” standard in a 2008 opinion.

Thus far, Judge Gorsuch’s answers to these critical questions have failed to address my serious concerns over his record. President Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, said that Judge Gorsuch “has the vision of Donald Trump.” Make no mistake – when it comes to the treatment of workers, of women who have been victims of discrimination, of people of minority religious faiths, and of our Constitution, I personally do not believe America needs the vision of President Trump represented on the Supreme Court.

Sincerely,

Dick Durbin

United States Senator

 


 

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